When Laura, a new mother and a friend of Cathy’s tells her she is feeling a little unwell Cathy has no idea that she is really suffering from severe post natal depression. Laura refuses to see a doctor and her husband and mother-in-law conspire to keep her condition secret. Shut away from the outside world Laura’s mental health deteriorates until it’s almost too late. By the time she is admitted to hospital as an emergency she believes she is so evil that she’s given birth to the devil.
This is the true story of Laura. It is also the true stories of little Darrel, Samson and Hayley who Cathy fostered when their parents needed help. Some stories can have a happy ending, others cannot, but as a foster carer Cathy knows she can only do her best and hope that in some small way she has helped the children and their families towards a better future.
Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 150 children, of all ages and backgrounds. She is a specialist foster carer, also referred to as a level three carer, which means she often looks after children with complex needs or those with very challenging behaviour. Much of her inspiration for writing comes from fostering. She was awarded a degree in education and psychology, as a mature student.
Cathy has always combined fostering with writing, rising very early every morning in order to write, before the day begins with her ever changi...
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