"Cheryl's life has been an incredible journey—a journey that should happen to no one, especially a little girl. Yet through her writings and work with horses, she becomes an incredible inspiration for so many who have sadly suffered a similar fate. Follow Me, Friend is a must for anyone who has been abused or know someone who has, no matter what form—but especially the abuse that comes from that dim voice inside that says the act was somehow your fault and you'll never amount to anything. Know that you are not alone. I commend Cheryl for her bravery and her amazing spirit."
—Robin Hutton, New York Times best-selling author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse
"Cheryl’s memoir, Follow Me, Friend, is a powerful and engaging story. I felt transported into her life, both as an observer and as if living her life with her. It provides a potent and heartbreaking description of living with intense depression, anxiety, and PTSD, while at the same time providing hope through her resilience and the strength and healing that came through her relationship with her horse. This book has had a profound impact on me, both personally and as a mental health professional, leading to a deeper understanding of these mental health issues and the beautiful power of horses, dogs, and friendships in our healing journeys."
—Lynn Thomas, LCSW, Eagala founder and president of Horses for Mental Health
"Follow Me, Friend brings a unique depth to the story of a girl and her horse, layering adeptly descriptive prose of stable and farm life, with distressing experiences on the road to emerging as a survivor. This is an emotionally compelling page-turner on the repercussions of abuse, the importance of friends, and the healing power of close relationships with horses and dogs. Eriksen’s intimate and insightful telling is interwoven with engaging horse and dog stories, while taking the reader along on her path to hope and peace. Follow Me, Friend is also relevant in truly comprehending the impact and need for today’s youth protection preventative and educational measures."
—Caryn Sappelli, youth protection coordinator for a national youth equestrian organization