All entries are from emails sent to Cathy, however she cannot be held liable for the validity of the claims made, some of which are very disturbing. Cathy reads and replies to as many emails as she can.
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Hi Cathy, Thank you so much for these books and opening mine and other peoples eyes to a world we know nothing about. You are a true inspiration and have helped me decide on my career path. I have struggled for many years on deciding what I would like to do and in the back of my mind have always wanted to work with children. I have now set my heart on fostering and I am in the early stages of the application. Thank you again
Dear Cathy, I am from Poland. I am 33 and I have got 3 wonderful daughters and a beloved husband. I am on holiday now and my friend gave me a book to read. I had no idea about what kind of book that was but it took me just 1 day to read it. It is about Jodie who was abused by her father and his co-monsters. I have to say that I am very moved by this story and angry, very angry at the same time. How can such things happen? There is no excuse for such brutality. My father is an alcoholic and he used to beat me when I was still at home but I would never ever hurt my children. I hope Jodie is fine and her sick family are still in jail. In such cases a phrase an eye for an eye is just perfect and I hope they get what they deserve. Best regards from
Joanna, Poland, 05/07/2010
Hi Cathy, I have only just started reading your books, the first one about Jodie. I was so sad by this story. I think you are one of the best. Keep up your good work
Hi Cathy, I’ve only recently stumbled upon your books when I purchased a copy of Hidden on a whim. Best impulse purchase I’ve ever made. I’m only halfway through but couldn’t wait to tell you of my admiration for your work. Truly inspirational. Looking forward to absorbing (yes absorbing, I just seem to soak up your words because they resonate so well with me) all your other titles. Keep up the great work.
Steph, Sydney, Australia, 04/07/2010
Hi Cathy, I just finished your book “The Saddest Girl in the World” and could not put it down! Thank you so much for writing these books…they are an inspiration to those of us who work with children. I am a support worker at a school in Canada and work with kids who have severe emotional and behavioural issues. I also worked in residential treatment programs and was once a foster parent myself. I bought your book at the bookstore with a gift card, and like I said, I could not put it down. I loved how real you were with the story and did not “sugar coat” what happened in your relationship. I keep talking to others at work about you and would love to share your work with my co-workers. The school I work at is very transient. There are many issues such as abuse and poverty, as well as gangs and prostitution (sadly with students in elementary school). Thank you so much for writing your books. They are inspirational.
Lori P, Canada, 03/07/2010
Dearest Cathy, I read your book Damaged as a 16 year old girl and to be honest, it changed my life. I have since reread your book over and over. Your words rolled off the page and into my heart, having experienced abuse in my younger years I felt as though you understood me, the pain. I can’t relate to Jodie’s level of abuse but I think about her often and I am happy to hear she has a permanent home. Above all, thank you for sharing your story and taking away some of the pain I held onto. Sincerely,
Cathy, I suffered from mental and physical abuse from the age of 7-15 and I refused to let it affect the rest of my life. I am not ashamed to talk about what happened to me as I know it was not my fault. Although I have come out the other side my sister has not. She doesn’t like to talk about it, which I think suppresses her feeling, which is why she acts out the way she does…. I wanted to write to you because I have never read a book from an “outsiders” point of view before, and to say I was moved is an understatement. I read Damaged first and when I read the note that Jodie left you, sent me into floods of tears. For one little girl with so many problems, she obviously saw that you were the one person in her life that she could trust for once. I was very saddened to read that at the time of writing your book that she was only 11 and still in the children’s home. I instantly went out bought Hidden. It has only taken me 3 days to read it. It is so rare that you hear these miracle stories of such happiness. Again I was sobbing in happiness for this lovely caring little boy. I intend today to go and buy the rest of your books. You have such a way of writing that you don’t want to put the book down for fear of missing something. That is a real gift. I have the utmost respect not only for yourself but also for your children. They must be very mature that they can deal with the lives of these foster children as well. A lot of people in this world could learn a lot from you. Please don’t stop writing, I would be lost without your words now. Kindest Regards
Gemma, York, UK, 02/07/2010
I’m a 16 year old, I am reading all your books as I love them so much and enjoy reading them. My favourite is Damaged but I like Hidden too. I was sexually and emotionally abused because of my childminder and her husband and his friends. I’m very shy and I don’t talk to people. My teacher helped me and my mum. I hope you email back and I can email you sometimes. I know you’re busy so bye
Eva, 16, 30/06/2010
Good Afternoon, I have only read two of your book so far, and really enjoy them. While reading I feel myself being the child and what they have been through. A lot of places around the world need more people like you. I think Jodie from “Damaged” was so brave and was able to explain to you what she had been through. Since reading your books, I am actually considering fostering myself. I will be looking into things first and seeing how things work. I would love a chance to help children the way you have your self. As I am only 18 at the moment I will be waiting first. Thank you
Hayley, 18, UK, 30/06/2010
I just got an email from Amazon.com that your new book has been shipped out to me. I can’t wait to get it! It is perfect timing because our new and first foster daughter will be moving in with us tomorrow. Thanks so much,
Sylvia, USA, 29/06/2010
Hello there. Your books are very inspirational to me and my family. My aunt is considering doing foster care in her home. We really encourage you to keep writing about your individual experiences with certain foster children. Each story is uniquely written and your talent is amazing. I love reading about each individual child, and their story plus how you, as a foster parent, deal with these issues and become someone close to them. It’s amazing. Please, keep writing and making new books for those who love to read, about children and their families… Please keep me informed on new books that you have coming out. Please don’t stop writing. Each story is wonderful. I can’t wait to read more!!! Thanks and Take care
T P, 28/06/2010
I have just started reading The Girl in the Mirror and cannot put it down. It is different from your usual biographies but very good. I tried to keep it for when I go away next month, but no chance. I will now definitely get the next one and put it away. As a foster carer, I have picked up quite a few tips from your previous books. Thanks again, Regards,
Michele, UK, 28/06/2010
Good morning Cathy: I just finished reading The Girl in the Mirror, I could not put it down. You are really an extraordinary writer who keeps their readers hooked. The story was excellent and your writing skills really came through. I loved it. Thank you for keeping me updated on your books I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!
Cecile M, USA, 28/06/2010
I have just read The Girl in the Mirror and enjoyed it. It was different to your own personal experience but good to read. I have also got on order My Dads a Policeman. Keep them coming. Regards
Helen, UK, 28/06/2010
I’ve just finished reading Damaged and getting over the trauma of reading it. You deserve a medal with what you went through with the girl in Damaged. The best part was that Jodie got to go to a therapeutic home, for some that’s deemed too expensive for Social services to pay, so she was lucky getting the help while she was still a child. I know that by just reading the title I Miss Mummy is going to be a tear jerker. But I will try my best to read it, after I’m fully over Damaged. I’ve still got to read Hidden.
K F, UK, 26/06/2010
Dear Cathy, this week I have read Damaged, Cut and Hidden – all on loan from my local library. I really enjoy reading true-life books. I had a more special interest in reading “Cut” having a rather poor history of self-harm, overdoses and various one night sections. I think it is very useful for people to read how common self-harming really is. I myself suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and just three months ago had the honour of no longer being called Bi-polar by my psychiatrist. Well that’s a positive I guess! I don’t work due to my disorder as it makes me too unpredictable but at least it gives me time to read and reading your books Cathy was a real honour. I’m sure you’ve heard this from a million other people already but you are one amazing person and your children Adrian, Paula and Lucy are to be commended too. You have made such a difference to those children’s lives, it’s truly touching to read. I would love to hear back from you if you have the time. Thank you for the insight and what else can I say but “Well Done You”!!!
Carole, UK, 25/06/2010
Hi Cathy, hope you and your family are well. What can I say other than you are an amazingly talented author and a brilliant mother and foster carer. I have read all your true books, not without tears of joy and sadness, and I am now counting down the days to the release of “I Miss Mummy” I can’t wait. Keep up the good work. You are without doubt a lovely human being. Much love
Sharon, county Durham, UK, 25/06/2010
Hi Cathy let me start by saying what a fantastic person you are. I don’t read books as a rule but was handed Damaged to give to my mother. I read the first chapter and could not put it down. The little girl resembles my daughter whose name is Jodie to make things worst. I’m not really one to show my emotions but your book had me in tears on more than one occasion. I thank god there are people like you
Mark C, UK, 24/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I’ve just read “Damaged” and as one reader wrote on the page for comments on the book…”if there were more Cathy Glasses in the world it would be a much better place”. Couldn’t agree more. An excellent book …I was so pleased to read that Jodie is doing well. I wish you and all your family well. Your foster kids may have had a bad start in life but they will find gold in you. Sincerely,
Wendy T, Australia, 24/06/2010
Dear Cathy, I just now finished reading your book, Damaged. I was very emotional throughout the book. You did an excellent job with Jodie. More than you will ever know. You are an amazing person. I read the book in three days. That was a horrific life that poor Jodie had to endure. I could not stop thinking about this story, after I finished reading it. I’m happy to hear that Jodie is doing well. You are an excellent author, and I will be reading all of your other books that you have written. Great job, and keep up the good work you do. Take care, Love from,
Beverly, California, USA, 22/06/2010
Dear Cathy! I am Ewa and I am from Poland. Little I am good at English, but I wanted write to you. Recently, I read your book ”Damaged”. Jodie’s History saddened me. It is horrible what parents did for the so small and innocent girl. You did very a lot good for little Jodie. I know, that a lot of people every day writes to you. I know that it is hard for you to answer on all e-mails. But please for the reply. Very much I apologise for all mistakes in writing. Best wishes.
Ewa, Poland, 22/06/2010
Cathy. Fantastic books. I read Cut, and was hooked, I now have 3 more right now. Just started hidden, and I will be wanting the whole lot of your books, once started not able to put down. You are a very special woman, and I wish that I had half your patience and parenting abilities. Please could you tell me the order your books were released so that I can read them in order. Many thanks, and thank you for all your special work that you do.
CG: Hi Erika, my true stories can be read in any order but if you wish to read them in chronological order: Cut, The Saddest Girl in The World, Damaged, and Hidden. Don’t forget Happy Kids and The Girl In The Mirror. I hope you enjoy them. Cathy x
Hi again Cathy, Just wanted to say I have got hold of all your other books after joining a library. Again I couldn’t put them down and have read 3 in 4 days. They are totally compelling to read, and very sad and very heart-warming. I cannot express my feelings on how much of a fantastic job you are doing and how much I admire you. Please keep this insight coming. I don’t think I could do your job even though I wish I could, I take my hat off to you. I look forward to your forthcoming books. Many thanks for reading this and for your services to the children that you look after. Good luck, health and happiness in all that you do, you are an inspiration to all. Take care
Jayne, UK, 22/06/2010
Dear Cathy, I’m 13 years of age. I’m so glad I got in contact with you. I absolutely love your book Damaged. I used to hate reading until I started reading your book. It took me just a week to read it. I was reading it everywhere – on the bus, in school at break and lunch in class. I couldn’t get away from it, I had to see what happened next. I’d love to get more of your books. You’re an amazing writer. Hope to hear from you. Best Wishes love
Emmanuella N, 13, UK, 21/06/2010
Hi Cathy, just been on holiday and took The Girl in The Mirror and The Saddest Girl in the World and yet again I was in tears at both of them. I can’t wait to read some more. Keep up the writing
Mandy S, 20/06/2010
Dear Cathy. I just wanted to send you a quick note to say how much I love reading your books, once I start I can’t put them down but I’m always so sad when I finish them! I think you and John (Cut) are wonderful people, what a fantastic thing to do for all those children in need as well as bringing up your own children. I have read Damaged and Cut but because I enjoyed them so much I have just ordered the rest of your titles online. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful (although sometimes very difficult) lives with us all. I’m sure all of your foster children will say the same but you are a fantastic person. Yours sincerely
Louisa, UK, 19/06/2010
Dear Cathy, My husband and I tried a few years back to adopt. We went through all the required classes and completed them. We got down to the final home check. We waited for them to contact us to make an appointment, and never heard from them. I gave them a call and the dept. had lost our file. They wanted us to start over. We opted to try fostering. Our first time, they brought us 3 children out of 8 brothers and sisters to this family. We had the older children of a very scary family. I was followed on a daily basis to and from work, grocery store, and my son was followed from school on his way to pick up the children from the elementary school until I got home from work. FBI called me in for a meeting and told me that a lady matching my description and colour and make of our van had been ran off the freeway. When they saw it was not their children in her van they drove off and left the woman and kids on the side of the rode. I had a hit out on me, and s.w.a.t. teems watching our home cause there were gun threats that they were coming to get their kids. When we went to court we found out that this family had threatened the judge’s family. They were all moved into protective custody. A 2nd judge was called to the case and she too was threatened and had to move her family, but caved in 30 minutes into court and gave this family back their severely beaten and sexually abused children. I was very saddened at loosing these children after I had them for 7 months. We again tried one more time with a 14 year old boy. He was very troubled young man. I have now completed reading “Damaged” and “Cut”. I am deeply moved by your stories, and your compassion. You are amazing. I thank you for sharing your stories and pray that you will continue. We are considering trying fostering again after reading these books. We are so moved by your patience and the love that we felt pouring from your words. THANK YOU!
Lisa E, USA, 18/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I hope you receive this email and have a chance to respond. I am almost finished reading your book “Damaged” and am so moved by it. I can’t wait until your next book comes out. I am in the United States and hope that Amazon carries it when you release it. Thank you for taking the time to read my message. Best Wishes,
Josette B, USA, 17/06/2010
Hi, I’m in the U.S. and browse the U.K. amazon frequently. I found your book Damaged. After reading it I couldn’t keep from crying especially over the last chapter or two. I also enjoy writing. I have an English degree with an emphasis on creative writing but have never made serious attempts to get published. I admire your work as a carer. I can certainly tell you have a heart of gold and I think you did wonderful for the little girl Jodie. It was heartbreaking about her being moved to a home. With all my heart I wanted Jodie’s life to turn around and become fairly stable. I would love to see her become well enough to return to your home. That letter Paula helped Jodie to write was very moving and emotional. I guess it is hard for many to understand how horrendous this child’s life must have been without having suffered in a similar situation. I’ve heard and know a little about D.I.D. I couldn’t begin to imagine how much pain went through her mind from such abuse! It makes me feel guilty yet sad that some children are treated so badly while others are allowed to lead healthy, normal lives. I envied the way you were able to comfort Jodie during her trauma. I admire Jodie’s bravery and stamina to survive. I think Jodie and others like her can certainly become heroes to many. I hope that you continue your work to save lost children and are able to continue to publish more stories. You’re work is amazing. One last note-I don’t think that you should feel like a “failure” since Jodie ended up in a home. I could see that you gave your everything to this child and her needs were so great that what she needed was more than what even the best foster care could provide. May God bless,
Renee, USA, 17/06/2010
I have just, like many of those who commented before me, read ‘Damaged’ in less than 24 hours, and could not put it down. After doing so I felt compelled to email you, which is very out of character for me. I just wanted you to know what a fantastic family you are. Reading it I too felt very emotional and sad for Jodie but also full of hope that your care, love and commitment to this little girl will make a difference in her life. As an adoptive mum and parent of a 17 year old son with Autism I know what a struggle any challenging behaviour can be and how it can be perceived by others. Let alone the added struggles you and your family had to cope with. The world is full of injured, damaged young people who desperately need people like you and your family to make a difference in their lives. I am sure that the maturity your family has shown, largely attributed to your example, will stand them in good stead for future life. I wish you all well.
Christine, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 17/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I am in the middle of reading ‘Damaged’, I cannot put the book down and just wanted to say that you are an inspiration to everyone. Your courage, strength and bravery is beyond belief. I will never forget reading this book it has made a great impression and I have only realised what kind of things really happen to these poor incident children. Poor little Jodie, I have cried and cried and have not even finished the book as yet. I cannot wait to get to the end to see what happens. How can any adult do these horrible, vile, evil things to a little girl. Anyway I just wanted to say that I love you and what you do and will continue to read your books to feel more closer to you. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to see what actually does go in the real world. Take care and keep up the good work Love
Lisa L, UK, 16/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I just wanted to congratulate you with the success of your books. I have never really been a reader until just before Christmas when I bought “Cut”. Well, I could not put it down. I find it absolutely astonishing how some families do not care enough for the children they have created and are supposed to love. After reading Dawn’s story (and crying many times over), I was left feeling very happy for her outcome and was immediately looking for another of your books. I also felt I was learning with you in this particular story as you had only just begun fostering. One of the girls I work with has recently finished reading “Hidden” and she highly recommended it, as did I with “Cut”. We have now traded books and I started reading “Hidden” last night. As with “Cut”, I could not put it down. I have recently learnt from this book that your husband left you, which I was shocked to read as in “Cut”, you had not long been married. My heart went out to you and I admire your love and strength to continue fostering alone I think you are a fantastic writer and I wish you all the best with your next project. Take Care
Vikki, 21, Kent, UK, 13/06/2010
Hi, I’m 13 years old and I finished Damaged two nights ago. I know you get this all the time but I really admire what you did to help Jodie. As I read the letter that Jodie had written to you, tears spilled down my cheeks uncontrollably. I have recommended your book to all of my friends and claim it as my favourite book ever. I’m beginning to read Cut and have The Saddest Girl in the World waiting for me to read. Thank you for telling the world Jodie’s story and I hope she is doing well. I wish her luck in life.
Olivia S, 13, UK, 11/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I read your book Cut and I felt very inspired. I read it all in one day and I’m not a keen reader. Well done, you gave me courage that if Dawn could make it I can too, though my experience was less harsh than hers. I don’t cut but I still suffer lots, and after reading your book I cried a lot, not because I was sad but because I felt hope. Well done with what you’ve done with that girl 🙂 Thanks loads for sharing your experience, I look forward to reading other books from you.
Catherine, 16, Malta, 09/06/2010
Hi Cathy I have never ever read a book and felt I needed to comment to the author. I recently read Damaged, it is one of the saddest stories I have ever heard. It brought me to tears to hear what Jodie had been put through in her life. As a mother of three lovely children I really cannot understand how anyone could let their own or any child be treated like that!!! You kept commenting you had not done enough for Jodie, I just wanted to let you know that while reading the book all I kept thinking is how wonderful a person you must be. The best thing that could have happened for Jodie was being sent to you. She trusted you over everyone else in the world, and even though she was going through hell, she saw the good in you and the trust in you. I feel you could not have done anymore for her. I cried when she left you, but I was crying at how hard it must have been for you and your family. Your family must be the most patient family ever! Your kids are a credit to you and the way they have been raised to accept Jodie into their home and sometimes be hurt by her, I think is something they should be really proud! I also read Hidden which was another book I enjoyed. Thank you Cathy for sharing the times you had with you foster children. I look forward to reading more of your books. Well done Cathy! I wish there were more people in the world like you!
Miss E L, Swindon, UK, 09/06/2010
Hi Cathy. I, like every one of your fans, felt I needed to thank you for the incredible work you have done, you truly are changing the world, one damaged child at a time! As a newly married 28 year old, naturally the subject of having children and starting a family has come up. Inspired by you, I’ve made a decision – rather than create more kids, why not help look after the multitude of unloved and neglected ones already in the world? So, I’m looking into adoption, or becoming a foster carer! I only hope I have the strength to deal with these confronting and horrifying issues with as much love and grace as you have. You really are my hero. MOST sincerely,
Jacqui, Australia, 09/06/2010
Hi Cathy. I’m a student at the Social Work Programme in Sweden. I have only one year left (of 3, 5 years totally), and I’ve just quit my 6 months practice with adult drug addicts. I’ve just read Damaged – it took me less then 24h. I just couldn’t put it down. Although I don’t want to work directly with children in the future, I’ll run into and witness child abuse wherever I will work. I can assure you that I’ll never ever be such an incompetent and insensitive social worker that Eileen was. That is a promise I’ll tend to keep the coming 40 years! You’re doing an amazing job with the kids. Thank you for giving me inspiration (and lessons in what NOT to do). All the best!
Madelen, Sweden, 08/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I have read Damaged, Hidden, Cut, The Saddest girl in the World and just finished The Girl in The Mirror. When I start to reading one of ur books I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. I am addicted to your books and I hope you write more. I am just waiting for ur other one to come and I can’t wait. They are amazing and it make me feel grateful for my childhood. Your books are inspirational and I think what you have done for all them children is amazing.
Rachal, 20, Leeds, UK, 08/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I have just read you book CUT. It was amazing and completely opened my eyes. It made me realise how grateful I am to have a good childhood. I couldn’t put the book down. I am addicted to your books and I hope you write more and more. When I was reading about Dawn’s past in Ireland and the problems she had to face as a child it brought tears to my eyes. I think Dawn was ever so lucky to have found you as a foster carer. I was so glad when she phoned you at the end it was amazing. I loved you book CUT and can’t wait to start on the next one. Your books are inspirational and I think what you have done for Dawn is amazing !!!!!
Abby, UK, 07/06/2010
I am only 18 and I read your book Damaged. It’s very sad what happened to Jodie but as soon as I started to read the book I couldn’t put it down until I finished.
Anon, 18, 07/06/2010
Dear Cathy, I have read Damaged, Hidden and Cut and am in the middle of The Saddest Girl in The World. I only bought the books yesterday and cannot put them down! I was brought up in care my whole life and was totally let down by Social Services. I wish I had had a foster mother like you!! I can totally relate to the children in your books and how they are feeling. Thank you for sharing these books with us. When you’re a child in care you always feel so alone and like no one understands. And I always felt like no one understood what I had been through as it felt like no one else had ever experienced it. So thank you for sharing these stories to help people understand they are not alone. I have always wanted to foster myself and your books have given me more of a desire to help other children who are in the care system. The books also gave me a sense of hope – that there is always someone out there who cares. I hope other children in care will understand that too. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all!
Dear Cathy, I have just finished reading your book ‘Hidden’ and I was very touched by the story that you told. It was an excellent ending and one that even I did not believe could be possible. It was amazing to have such an ending for a child that has been though so much and yet is so young. I commend you for the hard work that you do with these children and its people like yourself that give these children a glimmer of hope. Your books are truly amazing. Kind Regards
Sanj K, 06/06/2010
Hello, I am 14 years old. I go to the library every week to read your books. The stories you have written are the best. I have read most of your books. Please do reply back, it would be a pleasure. Thank you
Raidah, 14, UK, 06/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I am 16 years of age. I have read all of your ‘true story’ books but ‘Hidden’ which I have every intention of losing myself in now I have read the others. I have loved reading all of your books so far, they are truly inspiring although there is one of them that I felt was the best, ‘Cut’. I have done and still do, often self harm to relive the feelings of anger, pain and self hate that are a result of experiences which have made me feel unwanted and very much unloved by my father, both physical although mostly psychological that have occurred in my upbringing. ‘Cut’ I feels gives the important message that people who self harm or cut themselves are not doing it for attention. I feel that your book rightly educates people and self-harm should be treated the same as any other physical issue when it occurs; with medical help and a lot of ‘tlc’ not as a issue that is ‘scary’ to face or talk about. I have a real respect for you and the issues that you highlight in your books which are often subjects people feel are not ‘okay’ to talk about and discuss. I would like to also thank you for the final inspiration I needed you and your books have given me to become a foster carer when I am old enough to do so. You are the sort of person I feel everybody should strive to be like, a real credit to yourself and all of the people you have helped. Thank you and I look forward to hopefully reading your reply,
Emma, 16, UK, 05/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I have just finished Hidden and Cut, am on page 60 of The Saddest Girl in the World and my copy of The Girl in The Mirror has just turned up. I’m about to pre order I Miss Mummy. I love your books and love how you have helped all the children. All the way through Hidden I thought Tayo was making up his dad. I got some strange looks on the train when I read about the phone call. I felt so happy and relived that Tayo got what he deserved. I read a lot of books similar to yours, my husband has asked about all the children in your books and is now considering reading some. All the best.
Claire, UK, 04/06/2010
Dear Cathy, I am a social worker in Australia who works with children in out-of-home care. I have to say I think your books are fantastic!!! I tell many of my clients to read them when they start thinking about being foster carers. There is something really honest about your books which I admire. So many people try and make the terrible things that happen to children sound like big dramas and interesting stories to tell over dinner to shock people. Really, foster children are simply innocent little people who have been failed by the system and have had to build up survival skills to cope with unfathomable situations. You have helped so many children and I aspire to be more like you. Keep up the good work and keep writing, your stories are touching hearts far and wide. Kind regards,
Emily, Australia, 03/06/2010
Hi Cathy, I’m 13 and I read your book Damaged and I think it’s great. You put a lot of feeling into it and I really noticed it. I think you’re an inspirational person to everyone and a role model to young people like me. When I was reading your book I felt sad for Jodie. The way you helped her was just incredible and it made me happy to know that there are people like you in the world. Reading your book inspired me to write a really short novel of my own. And I’ve just finished writing it. Thanks for inspiring me to write my novel even though I know it’s not as good as yours. I just can’t wait to read all your other books. And if you can I would love to hear from you bye
Rumana H, 13, UK, 01/06/2010
I just read the book Damaged and was very compelled by it. I saw the web site and the updates – I’m just sorry I haven’t read it sooner. This is the type of book that should be passed to every one. I am passing that book along and every one I know is moved by this book. My prayers are with Jodie. I’m just sorry that there isn’t more contact for you – also in my prayers. I will continue to check her progress on the web site. God Bless You and Your Family.
Wendy A, 31/05/2010
Dear Mrs Glass, I just wanted to write you a note to say “thank you” for your wonderful, inspiring and uplifting stories. It’s like an addiction, once you’ve started a book, you can’t put it down. I’m a 27- year – old remedial teacher and kindergarten teacher and am currently working in a kindergarten and day-care centre for primary school kids. About half of the kids in my class are emotionally disturbed. My job – as you can surely imagine – is very challenging, often frustrating, but also extremely rewarding. Your books have been an inspiration to me and even though I have had excellent training. I’m always thankful for the methods you describe in best dealing with these special kids. Thanks for making the world a better place to live in. Yours sincerely,
Bärbel, Germany, 31/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I am your no 1 fan!! I have read Saddest Girl, Hidden, Damaged and Cut. I am 10 years old. I love what you did for those children who were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by their parents. You are so brave!!
Amethyst C, 10, 31/05/2010
Dear Cathy, I have just read your book Damaged and I wish I could offer a child the care, love and life that you have given Jodie. What this little girl lived through is not even comprehendible. What sick animals this poor mite had for a family, and then you, her angel came into her life. You are an angel without wings and I admire you for your dedication to your job, although job is not the word I should use. Your book affected me so much. Your one of the people I most admire in this world. Thank you
Gayle, UK, 30/05/2010
Hi Cath-ie, May I first thank you for the sheer amount of love you have so effortlessly given to so many sad and vulnerable children. You truly are wonderful!. Secondly, having read ‘The Saddest Girl in the World’, I haven’t been able to get off my mind the awful, awful abuse that Donna and her young brothers faced at the hands of their Mother, and the fact that she was allowed to have her newborn in her care after she was born. Why were no charges brought against her! Both Donna and the boys clearly gave detailed accounts of the abuse they received and I am thoroughly shocked that Rita was allowed to have another child in her care, let alone a newborn! If it had been an adult she had beaten up or sexually abused, she would almost certainly be in prison for a very long time! May I again thank you for your sterling work, long may it continue!
Fi, Devon, UK, 29/05/2010
Cathy, I am 15 and have just finished reading Damaged, Jodie sounds like an amazing girl and you are an inspiration to me. What happened to Jodie was awful and there should be more people that can help with those situations and making sure that they don’t happen again. It took me 2 days to read and I could not put it down.
Bethany, 15, UK, 26/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I would just like to say thank you for the books you have written, they have really moved me. They help to give me a better understanding of how children suffer from various types of abuse. My mum was taken in and out of care from a very young age, so were her brothers and sisters. She was sexually abused by a member of family and its taken years and now she is getting justice. People didn’t believe anything was happening to her at the age of 7 and no-one could see the signs. Only now other people have come forward to say they experienced abuse from that member of family and now he is getting what he deserves. Your books Cut and Damaged have shown me how things like that can affect people. It helps me to understand a little of what my mum might have gone through. Once I start one of your books I become addicted and can’t put it down again. Thanks a lot for letting me see what things you experienced as a foster carer. It helps me to have a better understanding in life.
Dear Cathy, I just wanted to say thank you for all the books you have written. I have read all of those available at the moment and look forward to the next one in July. Today I have visited your website and found the updates on all the children I have read about, what a wonderful facility to have I thought! It’s great to know they are all doing well. I guess it’s a shame that you can’t keep in touch with them all but I realise this would be confusing for them too. You do a brilliant job Cathy and I can’t wait for the next book.
Kelly, Staffordshire, UK, 25/05/2010
Hey Cathy, I am a student studying social studies in Ireland. I am not big into books but the cover of your book ‘Damaged’ caught my eye and I read it. I admire what you have done for Jodie and all the children you had. I was really touched about Jodie’s past. I was furious about what happened to Jodie and what I admired most about you was how you had the courage, strength and patience to keep on going. You said in the book that you did not know if you would foster anyone else but any child would be lucky to have a foster mother like you. Your love and care for Jodie and all the children was amazing and I hope you got that break you were hoping for after all you truly deserve it. Regards,
Amy, Ireland, 25/05/2010
Dear Cathy, I am 13 years old. I have just finished your book “Hidden.” My friend was reading this book at school and out of interest I just scanned the blurb. I asked her if I could read it and she said yes as soon as she finished. One break time I had nothing to do so I read the book. Then I read it again a week later and got past where she was. I got so into the book that I took the book home and I read non stop. By break time this morning I had finished. I really loved “Hidden.” and I was very surprised when I realized it was a true story. I was just writing to you to say Thank you for writing such a wonderful book and also for looking after so many children. You have inspired me and I think when I am older I would like to be either a foster carer like you or a social worker. Thank you very much, Best Wishes,
Natalie G, 13, 24/05/2010
Dear Cathy, I wanted to e-mail you to say what a fantastic, wonderful person you are. I have just read four of your books over the last two weeks and couldn’t put any of them down. Each story was so moving and heart warming you are a true inspiration for us all. All the best Cathy
Ben M, 24/05/2010
Hello Cathy, I have already finished reading your book about Damaged, about Jodie Brown. I am really sad what happened to her. I would like to say thank you, how much love, heart and patient you gave to this litter girl. I hope Jodie is better and will be happy and she will have her own family. I also would like to say thank you to Paula, Lucy and Adrian! You are heart full! Best wishes
Gosia, 23, Poland, 24/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I currently work at a Domestic Violence Centre and hope to start my Masters in Social Policy in July. The reason for my contact is that I have just re-read ‘Hidden.’ It has touched me emotionally. I have shed many tears, not only through sadness, but also happiness. I would like you to know that I truly admire all your hard work in helping children who have been sexually, physically, emotionally and mentally abused. If I could ‘clone’ you, I would!!!! The world would be a better place for having considerate, kind, thoughtful people like you in it. I truly hope that this correspondence finds you well and also those of your family. I wish you all the best now, always and forever!! Kind Regards
Dear Cathy, I am a teacher and have just finished reading your book “Damaged” (in tears, I have to say!)… I was deeply touched by the story and horrified to think that anybody could be this evil, let alone that they can “get away with it” so lightly! I have just been on your website and found the update on Jodie. I was so happy to see that she has moved on to a foster family, this shows a lot of progress and you’ve played a bit part in it. I wish her all the best, hoping that she can one day, have a normal life. You must be very proud of who you are and what you have done for so many children over the years. You help make the world a better place. Best regards,
Hi Cathy, I have just read “The Saddest Girl in the World”. It is so sad what happened to Donna but I know that with all your help and love that you, Paula and Adrian gave to her she has a much better chance now. I want to say thank you to you and your kids. I hope you are all well and Donna is too. I am looking forward to reading your other books even if they do make me cry like the one about Donna. Thank you so much for all your hard work, please keep up the good work as these little angels need you! Kind regards,
Kylie L, Australia, 21/05/2010
Dear Cathy, I am 12 years old. I have just finished reading ‘Cut’ and found it a very interesting book. How Dawn goes through all the life changing experiences and now has a very successful life. I got to the end of your book, and was wishing for it to say she had got back in contact. How did you manage to cope with her sleepwalking and other problems! I think you are a saint, and are one of the few people who give their life to others. Please write back… Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and please reply.
Holli, 12, UK, 20/05/2010
Dear Cathy, I am a big fan of your books. My brother and I grew up in New York, along the shores of Lake Erie. My parents were foster carers from 1961 until 1996. We saw every kind of abused child there is, from abuse by parents and grandparents to abuse of themselves to stop the hurt. My folks put a lot of love and care into those kids, to get them past the main hurt they had. In 1996 a department of children and families worker came to the house and said that she was taking the 2 sisters back with her because they were getting too much LOVE here with us! Take care
Mary W, US, 16/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading The Girl in the Mirror, it was great and like all your other books I couldn’t put it down! I didn’t realise until I had read a paragraph or two that this book was different from your regular ones and I have to say part of me was disappointed to begin with as they are always so amazing!!! But as I read on and really got into the story and the characters, I was addicted and couldn’t put it down. I loved the twists in the story (I won’t give anything away in case you want to put this comment on your site hehe!) I think it’s good to read a story where the victim has actually blocked out a traumatic event in their lives, and it is no longer available to the conscious mind, unless triggered, as it is hard for people to understand that it can actually happen. To know something has happened in your past but have no conscious recollection is a very hard position to be in. It’s a very sad story but the sense of family relationships in it is lovely! Thanks for another great read! Can’t wait to read your next book!
Hiya Cathy, I’ve just finished reading another of your books Hidden and it brought tears to my eyes. It took me two days to read it I couldn’t put it down. I would love to foster and have always considered it but with no spare room I couldn’t go ahead. My heart goes out to those kids I’ve read about in your books, and your own kids for being very understanding about all the foster kids that come your way. Especially my heart goes out to you for being so understanding and loving to them. You’re an inspiration and I wish u many more happy years in fostering and book writing. Looking forward to reading another of your books. Thanks again for sharing your life.
Sharon, UK, 15/05/2010
Hi Cathy, Well I just finished Damaged. I really liked reading it but that poor girl, I can’t believe she went through so much, and I don’t know how you coped with it all. You are a very strong person and you really did some amazing things for Jodie. I know from your book that she will never be 100% but I think she would be much worse without you in her life. Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to learn from all that you do and to get to know your foster children. I really look forward to all your books and I am going to try to read Cut or The Girl in the Mirror next. I hope all is going well. Can’t wait for you to bring out more books =) Thank you so much
Yashi L, Australia, 11/05/2010
Dear Cathy, the problem of child abuse, incest, and paedophilia exists in France as well. I am sure that you have had a certain amount of testimony from France concerning this very problem. It is regrettable that you did not include it in the extensive Comments list you offer on your website. I realise that every country is guilty and accountable for the abuses that have been committed against children in their country, and that you can in no way make amends to every child abused. My only concern is that there is not enough responsibility taken within the European community against child abuse, paedophilia, or incest. Thank you for your hard work and indomitable courage.
Mollie S, France, 11/05/2010
CG: Dear Mollie, thank you for writing. I appreciate that child abuse is world-wide and you will see from the emails on the Comments page that they are from all around the world. However, you are right when you say there doesn’t appear to be one from France so yours will be the first. Best wishes Cathy x
I have read all of your books with the exception of Hidden which I am waiting for in the mail. I just wanted to say that truly you are a remarkable women. To have the love and the patience and the understanding to bring these children into your home and to love them unconditionally, says a lot about you as a person. There are all kinds of people in the world, unfortunately as you know, some not deserving of the simple title “person”. I live in Canada, and yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day. A day to pause and thank our mothers or grandmothers for all that they have done for us in our lives. You have done such a remarkable job with your children and your extended children, I just wanted to take a moment and wish you a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Raechel B, Canada, 10/05/2010
I have just this minute finished your book “Hidden” I found the story so inspiring. It took me 5 days to read it, which is very fast for me as I don’t have much spare time with having a 16 month old son. As soon as I started reading the story it really gave me insight on my own life and I have applied to go to college to do an adult course “pathways to social work”. I just hope I can help children as much as you and the social services already have. Truly inspiring. Thank you.
Denise, Manchester, UK, 09/05/2010
Cathy, I don’t know how many emails like this you get but I just wanted to say you are an inspiration! I got into your books about a year ago and instantly knew I needed to buy them all. I am only twenty but I already feel I want to foster in the future and help children just like you have done. Through your books I have cried and smiled and the way you tell the stories are just beautiful. Anyway this was just an email to say keep doing what you are doing and I am looking forward to the next book 🙂
Claire T, 09/05/2010
Hi Cathy, just had to write and tell you, how much I have enjoyed reading your books. I have already read Damaged, Cut and now half way though Hidden.
Pat T, Cheshire, UK, 08/05/2010
Dear Cathy I’m almost finished with CUT. I cannot believe how the child services let her go out at that age. I’m a foster mother and have been for many years. We have adopted 6 children from foster care. Our system in the United States, like yours, is work in progress. I don’t think it will ever be perfect. Last year 2009 I had open heart surgery and my husband said we had to stop foster care. The problem is I’m 54 and I want to keep them all don’t you? I’m trying to talk him into starting again. I have read some of your other books just blows my mind what these children endure. Can’t wait until I go and get your other books. Thank you for telling their stories they need to be heard.
Patty, Louisiana, USA, 08/05/2010
Hi Cathy I’m 14 and I’m writing just to let you know how much I enjoyed your book, Cut. It was so tragic to begin with but then at the end when she phoned you I started crying. My friend cuts herself and I lent her the book and it’s helped her stop. She said that after she finished it she knew she wasn’t alone which was a good thing to hear because me and her boyfriend were very worried. Thank you for helping her and I hope you continue writing, I’m now reading Damaged and I’ll email you again to let you know what I think, so far I like it.
Liz, 14, UK, 08/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I have just finished reading Damaged, well what can I say? I believe these terrible things are happening everywhere. Although safeguarding children is high on everyone’s agenda, paedophiles will always find a way. Yes they may be found out quicker but not until they have maimed or crippled the person inside that should have been!!! When I read about the description of High Oaks about how safe and lovely it was I became a 7 year old again. I wished I had been rescued and sent there, away from domestic violence, and the perverted uncles I went to stay with so I could be safe from the terror of home. I’m 41 now and although I have had some therapy I have not matured emotionally. 30 years on I am now taking my uncles to court for what they did. I’ve since found out he did the same to my sister however the abuse was nothing like what happened to Jodie and many others like her. I hope she will eventually find happiness and contentment in her life. It is because of you that she has that chance you are wonderful! Also I have begun reading your book Happy Kids and have started putting into practice the 3Rs with my children. I have seen some encouraging results already!
Hi Cathy! I’ve just read ”Damaged”, and no book has made a bigger impression on me as this. Really, I’ve been thinking about Jodie all the time! You did a great job!
Greetings from Norway, 07/05/2010
Hello Cathy, I finished reading The Saddest Girl in the World just last night, and I enjoyed it completely. On countless occasions I was nearly in tears with what was happening to Donna and her two brothers. You really do deserve a medal for this, I wish there were more people like you in the world. Reading your books has been a huge inspiration for me. I couldn’t believe what I was reading most of the time, with the abuse and neglect that poor Donna had suffered from, as well as Rita’s baby when she had her, I didn’t know what to think. The whole book was a page turner, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read true stories. You really do deserve a medal for all the work you have done. Now I have just started Hidden, and so far I’ve read so much and can guarantee it will be as good as both Cut and The Saddest Girl in the World.
Nicki, UK, 06/05/2010
Hi Cathy, I finished reading The Girl in the Mirror last night….yet another fantastic read. I can’t say it enough, the way you write is beautiful. Every book of yours I read captures my attention straight away. I loved the story, and the way you wrote it kept me guessing all the way through. I had no idea what Mandy’s dreadful secret was going to be. When I read on to discover it I was shocked, especially at the end when it was revealed it had happened to others. I have already passed it over to a friend to read and I am sure they will enjoy it as much as I did. I can’t wait for your next release, your next foster story. Take care.