Tell Us About Your Friends

We invite you to share your thoughts here on the Ames girls’ story, or to tell us about your own group of friends. (If there’s a follow-up project, we may be back in touch for more details. Thanks!)

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(529) Debbie Kasperek
Sun, 3 April 2011 03:49:21 +0000

Hi Girls,

I just finished reading your book and it was such a great inspiration to me. Just recently I have reconnected with my best friends from HS. It was such a joy to see them and catch up. It had been 15-20 years since we last talked. We met for lunch and laughed and laughed like we had never been seperated. It was a great moment in time.(One I personally wished had come much sooner but grateful it was here now) We reminised about old times, shared some details of our missed years and vowed to stay in touch. Truth be told...if it wasn't for your book I doubt we would have connected with each other. I am truely grateful for your honesty in sharing all of your memories so publicly. You are all amazing women and I wish nothing but the best for each and every one of you. God Bless you and STAY HEALTHY!!!

(528) Joan
Mon, 28 March 2011 03:23:15 +0000

Wow, I couldn't put this down until I had laughed and cried my way through it. As a girl who graduated in a small Iowa town not far from these lovely ladies in 1979, I was instantly hooked. Not to mention my 3 best friends from high school all going to Iowa State and me, the only one of the 4 Muskateers, ending up at University of Northern Iowa. Thanks for sharing your story and helping the rest of us see and value what we have. I almost wasn't going to my girlfriend reunion this year with my oldest graduating from high school and all the busyness that life brings, but your story changed my mind. My plane ticket is purchased. Thank you!

(527) Jacquie
Fri, 25 March 2011 13:10:45 +0000

I just finished this book (having had it sit on my bookshelf for over a year) and identified with the friendships of the Ames girls. My 2 best friends from childhood and I (we are the WYO GIRLS as we are all from Wyoming) get together every 2nd weekend in July to renew our friendships and ourselves. I too am a breast cancer survivor (14 years this Oct). There are several thoughts expressed in this book I intend to quote and pass on to my Girls this summer.

What is the latest on the Girls from Ames?

(526) Sue Waggoner
Sat, 19 March 2011 23:32:37 +0000

I just read The Girls From Ames and loved it. These ladies were all born the same year as my oldest son, and he went to college in Ames.
I have had the good fortune in life to be a part of a group of 10 women. We call ourselves "The Bendover Girls" because we go to Bend Oregon every year. We all met in Portland OR, mostly through working together. Everyone has moved to different areas, but we get together at least once a year for a lot of laughs. We are meeting on the Colorado River the last week in April to celebrate Maggie's 60th birthday.
The original group of 5 have been together for 35 years. One of our members passed away in 2009.
One year one of the girls had cancer and came to Bend with no hair. We had all gone out and bought bald scull caps and when Debi went into the bathroom, we all put them on. She came out and we were all sitting around the pool looking like we had condoms on our heads. She could hardly stand up she was laughing so hard.
I am the oldest at 66 and the youngest of our group is 54.
I have truly been blessed to know these ladies.

(525) Nicole M. Haughton
Tue, 15 March 2011 06:28:27 +0000

I was lucky enough to stumble across this book today, as I went to buy a new prayer journal. I tend to need them ( prayer journals) more often, because for the past 8 years I have had 7 more people to pray CC sisters! We have seen great victories won and situations changed as we continue to come to each other with prayer request and praise reports. We met during college, where God, and fate brought us together during our year abroad in Spain. Over the years we have tried to stay together, but lately I've felt that we are drifting apart. Maybe reading this book and sharing it with the girls will help :) This is such an inspiring work, and I look forward to reading it. I plan to read it and hopefully pass it on to each girl. I"ll let you know how it goes :)

(524) Jeanne Johnson
Sun, 6 March 2011 01:38:02 +0000

I was feeling very sad about not having the sort of friendships the girls from Ames have, when I remembered my friend Nanette, who sat all night with me in an emergency room. She later developed breast cancer, and I talked her into having reconstruction surgery. During the preop exam new cancer was found in her other breast, but it was so early she survived. We are friends.
Another story I would like to share is about my mother's funeral. She was from a small town in Oklahoma, and was buried there. We had lived in California for many decades. At her funeral two elderly, sweet ladies came to me and talked about how the three of them had been friends when they were little girls. That was a very precious thing for me to hear.
Now I am feeling very blessed to have so many girlfirends. This book reminded me to be continually grateful for those friendships and to nurture them. They are precious.

(523) Evie Krebs
Fri, 4 March 2011 19:12:56 +0000

I am part of a group of 7 women who have been friends since elementary school and some longer than that. We have just lost our dear friend Judy to an insidious disease called Fronto Temporal Dementia. It has brought all of us even closer together. We were Judy's family in her final year and days. One friend and husband were her caregivers and guardian. all though this she never complained or said why me. She inspired us all. Judy was our trip planner extraordinaire. She loved making all the arrangements and doing the research and we were all happy to let her do this. We will miss her more than I can say but she will always be with her.

(522) Jennifer Sparcino
Tue, 1 March 2011 16:36:55 +0000

I have just finished reading the book and had a wonderful time getting to know all of the women. What a gift their freindship is. I know what a gift having great friends is. Myself and 12 other of my college friends have been inseperable since 1984. Although we did not "grow up" together I feel that we did beome adults together. We are all so very different in our political views, moral views and religious beliefs but together we work. We too have a reunion once a year and take turns planning it. We are all living in different states, and one in a different country, yet we always hold the weekend after Columbus day for us. We have experienced divorce, death of a child, death of a spouse, loss of parents; together. I know that if I made made a phone call to any one of them, they would be on the next plane. It is a wonderful feeling and a true blessing.

(521) Jeannette Ayers
Mon, 28 February 2011 19:39:18 +0000

I just found out about "The Girls from Ames". Wow, can't wait to read it. I have 7 girlfrinds, one I've known since Kindergarten, one since 1st grade and the others we met in high school. Through all the ups, downs & middles we are still great friends, getting together often, sharing good times, illnesses, vacations, love, laughter and tears. I don't know where I would be without each & every one of them. Some of us live in the same town and our children are friends! Our husbands all get along and are friends too. Friendship requires work, commitment, forgiveness, hugs and love. I sent them all an email about "The Girls from Ames" and I'm sure they'll all read it!

(520) Emily
Sun, 27 February 2011 05:04:58 +0000

I am 14 years old, and reading the part about Christie really touched me. I am close to her age, and I just think about my friends and remember that nobody is promised another tomorrow. I also realized how my friends and I will face many challenges throughout our lives, but we can help each other come out of any bad situation. I even cried while reading that chapter about all the girls' different experiences with their family members deaths. Also, my 12 year old cousin just had a cancer relapse after two years. I make sure I stay in touch with him more now than I did two years ago. He too is on the Caring Bridge website, just like Christie was, and even though it scares me to think about all the pain and fear he is feeling, I always pray and have tons of hope. After reading this book.. I know I'll always have Christie in my heart, even though I've never met her and don't know her. I think that is something special about this book, that I can really connect with it even though I am 14. I love this book&the lessons it taught me(:

(519) Nancy C Derham
Fri, 25 February 2011 01:29:02 +0000

I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Many experiences that the Anmes girls had were similar to our group's experiences.
We are a group of 79 year old ladies that have known each other since our elementary and Jr.High School(middle school now) days in Glendale, California. We are 6 ladies (7th one passed away in 2006) who have been meeting yearly since 1980. Three ladies attended 1st. grade together and the others joined the group in Jr. High. We all attended E.J. Toll Jr. High and Herbert Hoover High, graduating in 1950. Our elementary school years were spend in many schools in Glendale, except for the 3 ladies that attended 1st. grade together at Mark Kepple. We meet at various places trying to be central as we have ladies living from Los Gatos in the North to La Canada in the South. Perhaps we are the oldest group. Thanks for this opportunity to share.

(518) Elaine
Tue, 15 February 2011 16:23:12 +0000

I just finished reading the last page of the book. I was so touched by how your friendships have survived. I too have friends from school and am now more determined to not let those friends out of my life. I am going to share this book with others. Just amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing.

(517) Nancy L. Warren
Fri, 11 February 2011 09:39:05 +0000

I read the book, it was the most inspiring book I have read in many years. I couldn't the book down. It made me appericate my long term friendships. I have a friend, she has been my friend for 56 years, and another friend from Jr high school. I have kept in touch with these two women, becuase they kept the friendship alive and I am grateful for that. I have 2 other friend who have been in my life for 41 years we were roomates for 6 months but we really bonded. My other great friend has been in my life for 35 years we worked together in an ICU for about 12 months. These 4 women are the closest friends I have had. Four years ago I made a New Years resolution to write 4 letters in that year, I did just that and have kept the letter writing since. Last fall (2010) an old nursing school roomate contacted my after 30+ years on facebook. My first roomate from nursing school and I got in conntact through her daughter's facebook page. Both of these women and I were able to pick up our friendship just where we left off those years ago. I will included them in my letter writting, four letters in the next year. I prefer the snail mail route rather tahn E-,ail or facebook. I have been recommending "The Girls From Ames to everyone I know. It just so great. I am very glad to see that there has been added information in the paperback, as I want to know how Angela and Kelly are doing since their diagnosis. captha

(516) Alicia Consuegra
Fri, 4 February 2011 19:13:36 +0000

My group of friends, we were called The Basher's in high school, have been friends forever. Some of us have known each other since preschool and all of us have been friends since highschool. We are all of cuban descent, went to catholic private school and still live in Miami, except one that lives in Jacksonville. We get together for lunch, birthdays, spa days, chick flicks,our annual Christmas dinner and now we've adopted a charity to support. It hasnt all been laughs and smiles, there have been tears, spats and seperations as well. Through it all we have always been part of each others lives, and have been able to evolve from a high school clique into a a very close knit group of friends that have each other's backs no matter what. People tell me all the time "I have my group of friends but its not like your friendships". My sister says that when one of us is in trouble (like at the recent funeral for the death of a parent) that the other nine of us are a "wall of strength", literally as well as figuratively.

This year we gave each other your book Christmas and autographed them for each other at our dinner. We got together last night to discuss the book and all laughed at how long we will all surely live.


(515) Fernanda Perez
Fri, 4 February 2011 17:15:01 +0000

I am almost 46 years old and work in downtown Chicago, but live in the Northern suburb of Skokie. About 6 months ago I was in a book store and I notice a book cover that caught my attention. It was your book The Girls from Ames. It looked very interesting because of the fact that your group of friends is so large. Eleven people is quite a large amount of friends to be able to keep in touch with over such a long period of time. I didn't read the book right away, but I had it on my night stand for a while. Then someone at my work mentioned Ames, Iowa and I remembered your book. It turns out my co-worker friend has a sister that lives in Ames today. I mentioned to her that I have this book about a group of women who grew up in Ames and are still in touch today. That prompted me to begin reading your book. I must say that as I kept reading your book, it made me remember by school days and the friends I had then. Also it made me reflect how many of us lost touch with each other and who are the friends who are still in my life today from High School. The book had a lot of emotion, laughter,and sadness. But in the end I was glad that you were all able to get through it together and continue to be there for each other. Some of the stories of when you were in high school jogged many memories for me and can relate to the music you listened to and concerts you went to see or the parties you had. It was great to read about your different situations. I am blessed with many friends, but not all of them were around since my childhood. I guess growing up in Chicago my first few years in grade school and then moving to the suburbs, I lost touch with my kindergarten and first grade friends. Then second grade to high school, there are some friends that I lost touch with because we all went to different schools. There are about 5 girls that I still keep in touch with that are from High School. I still live in the old neighborhood whereas some of my friends moved further out. We still keep in touch mostly through the internet or Facebook. Or make it a point to get together once a month to catch up on things. A year ago grammar school had a reunion and it was the first time I had seen some of my old friends. It was nice catching up, but I could tell that we were just different people now. Only one person still keeps in touch with me since the second grade. As for the friends from my high school. These ladies go out of their way to stay in touch and have us get together. I envy that fact that your large group has managed to still stay in touch with each other. Good for all of you. I am happy to say that even though my friends are a much smaller group, they are there for me no matter what. I feel like I know you ladies and wish you all the very best. It would be great to read about you all some more. I am part of a book club at work and I have passed this book along to one of the ladies in our reading club. I hope many people can share your book with others as I have. Best to you all!

Fernanda Perez

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