Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cathy Seipp

I am sure most of you know by now that Cathy Seipp of Cathy's World is in the hospital and her daughter, Maia, is keeping us informed on her condition via her blog. Cathy was gracious enough to do a podcast with us on parenting last year and she was so lively and so much fun. I came away from our interview thinking about how much Cathy loved her daughter and what a terrific mother she was to have raised such a lovely young woman. Cathy would be very proud of how her daughter is handling her illness now with such grace and strength. I don't have anything to add except that my heart goes out to Cathy and her family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers today.

Update: Cathy died at 2:05 pm today.


Blogger KG2V said...

Maia is handling it better than I'm dealing with my Mom (who seems to be about 2-3 weeks behind)

In my thoughts and prayers

8:06 AM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...


I am sorry to hear about your mother.

9:27 AM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are leaving very kind messages on her blog. It is very nice for you to post on this Dr. Helen. Thank you!

10:30 AM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger KG2V said...

Thanks Helen.

Rough patch right now - Mom with Lung Cancer (she knew better than to smoke, but...) Dad with SD, a PSA test that came back last Tuesday at 18, a cat scan that showed a blocked Kidney last Thursday, and hospitalized for cest pains yesterda (yeah - he's a walking medical nightmare)

12:35 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am grieving for Cathy Seipp, though she fought the good fight. I have long admired her forthrightness and fearlessness. She is braver then and now than I have ever been.

Did you all see that some cybersquatter who dislikes Cathy Seipp (and had previously registered "") had posted a positively evil note supposedly from Cathy Seipp? I think someone got it taken down at last.

We are all taught that people are not "evil." To say vile things about a person when they are on their deathbed (and about that person's daughter, too) is simply unthinkable. I hope that friends of Cathy Seipp can identify the person, and let the whole blogosphere know what kind of person he or she actually is.

On a more positive note, give some support to Maia, if you can.

The wonderful thing is that Maia really knows---based on all the support and kind words for her mother--- something that it took me many years to learn about my own parents.

2:18 PM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Eric Blair,

I think that as far as the cybersquatter goes, it is best to ignore such a person. And as far as evil, who says that some people cannot be evil? In all the years that I have dealt with people, I have come to realize that yes, some people are evil or as I call them--NDG--No Damned Good.

2:48 PM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Jeff with one 'f' said...

I believe that the perpetrator of is the person known by Cathy's readers as "Troll Dolls".

Cathy knows him personally- he is Cathy's daughter's former teacher- and had him fired for inappropriate behavior towards Maia. The website is his petty revenge, which Cathy found amusing to some degree and would occassionaly mention in her blog.

Cathy is a great example of toughness with a sense of humor and she's been a role model of mine in for years.

4:39 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cathy and Maia are definitely in my prayers. Cathy is one of my favorite bloggers and I will miss her wit. The world will be a worse place, when she passes.

5:41 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cathy Seipp has passed away. Susan Estrich (of all people!) has written a moving tribute:,2933,260268,00.html

I only corresponded a little with Cathy Seipp (who attended UCLA when I did, too long ago) and her daughter Maia. I worry about Maia, but I know that Cathy Seipp imbued Maia with great strength.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as the saying goes.

Keep an eye out for a Cathy Seipp memorial of some kind---I'm sure her friends and extended family will have something in mind.

But for now, I grieve at her loss.

6:54 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Helen:

I'm not saying it is true, but my father used to explain people thusly: there are more people than there are souls. Thus, some people are born without them, and do despicable things.

It doesn't have to be true to get the flavor of how I feel about "Troll Dolls."

6:56 PM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Eric Blair,

Thanks for passing on the news about Cathy, I guess I was hoping for a miracle, but it was not to be....

7:10 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sad news of Cathy Seipp's death made me wonder whether as the old saw has it "The good die young" or whether it just seems that way because we feel their loss so keenly.

May she rest in peace and may God comfort her daughter in her sorrow.

7:18 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel for her daughter. I lost my mother when I was her age. It's a tough thing to go through at that age. I suppose any age.

11:51 PM, March 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Estrich's trubute to Cathy was wonderful - props to you Susan.

I loved to read Cathy's columns. She was so good, funny and smart as could be. May she rest in peace.

4:53 PM, March 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know her, and only recently knew of her. Boy, did I miss out.

My heart goes out to her family. God bless this lady, and as has been said so well, rest in peace.

6:48 PM, March 22, 2007  
Blogger Jeff with one 'f' said...

The story of the Troll known as Troll Dolls!

11:59 PM, March 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May she rest in peace!

11:51 AM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger Cham said...

I'm sorry to hear about her death.

12:49 PM, March 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to simmer for a bit, kick myself in the ass for letting myself go a bit again the last couple weeks after another ER scare.

Just some words, not mine, but I helped publish 'em once:

"...We're still reading
the same old French books, although
I think you understand them
better. Robbe-Grillet said,
the world is neither significant
nor absurd. It merely
is. Is this what
it comes down to, Ash? As simple
as synapses either connecting
or not connecting?

It's raining here
and I think of you
in Providence where
you say, it's always overcast."

Poem's Desafinido. Author is a brilliant woman named Eleanor Stanford. Only thing I ever could find fault with her style was her lineation.

I have the full text, incidentally. And I don't think I'll get in copyright trouble. I was the guest editor on this issue and the editor was my old college sponsor.

Anyway, I ramble.

Speaking of French writers, Victor Hugo once said this:

"The living deserve respect.
The dead deserve nothing but the truth."

The truth for Cathy Siepp, then, and respect for Maia. And whatever else I can offer with the poor resources at my disposal.

I am around, and not hard to find.

-Graham Strouse

10:28 PM, March 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inasmuch as I haven't seen any other famikly member's comments here perhaps it's ben left up to me, a cousin twice removed, to express my sincere thanks to you all, for your good wishes; and particularly for your your kind expressions of encouragement for Maia -- a bright and lovely young lady nowleft without a mother's continuing love.

An old curmudgeon.

2:06 AM, March 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Cathy's World often and although I never knew her in person I can assure you that any imitation of her is a pale one indeed.

I do hope legal action is taken against Troll Dolls soon.....before he finds another victim to impersonate.

12:27 PM, April 01, 2007  

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