June 9, 2022 at 6:00 on WEKU (NPR affiliate) When a traumatic childhood memory comes out of hiding and how having a horse for a friend can help overcome the resulting trauma and stress. Tom Martin talks with Cheryl Eriksen, author of “Follow Me Friend: a memoir of undiagnosed PTSD and the healing-power of the horse-human relationship.” Radio interview on Eastern Standard with Tom Martin. Listen to recording HERE.
In this episode of the Horse Industry Podcast Lynn sits down with author Cheryl Eriksen. Cheryl has written the book Follow Me, Friend: A Memoir of Undiagnosed PTSD, and the Healing Power of the Horse-Human Relationship. When Lynn and Regina started the Horse Industry Podcast, they wanted to make sure that they were telling stories about the industry and things that are important to the industry. And not all of those stories involve blue ribbons and perfection. Some of the stories in the industry are about healing and self-preservation, and that relationship with the horse or the dog, whatever saves your life or gets you through the day. And that is exactly what today’s episode is all about. Listen HERE.
Stories that Empower Podcast -- Cheryl partners with horses to improve the quality of life of others. She has personally found these relationships to be helpful, as she has navigated through PTSD. She shares the following nuggets of life wisdom: – pay attention to what’s happening inside of us – we should talk about depression and anxiety – tell our stories – we are not alone – find a safe person to talk to – move through it, by stepping into it Listen HERE
Speak Up Talk Radio podcast -- Award winning author, Cheryl Eriksen discusses the special connection she has with the horse that helped her in her healing journey from PTSD. Special focus on reframing the mental health conversation, and the way in which horses are uniquely adept at helping us look into ourselves, if we are prepared to listen. Listen HERE
Articles and Blog Posts
"For the Soul" Chrome Magazine, Fall 2022. ClickHERE for excerpt "Alumni Writes Memoir to Help Others" Black Hawk College blog, January 6, 2022. Click HERE to read