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Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope [Hardcover]

By Tina Zahn (Author) & Wanda Dyson (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.92"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800718917  
EAN  9780800718916  


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Sometimes it takes a miracle to find hope.

On July 19, 2004, an amazing story, accompanied by incredible video footage, broke across network and cable news programs. After a high-speed chase to the top of the Tower Drive Bridge (now Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge) in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a young woman stopped, got out of her car, walked to the edge of the bridge--and jumped. State Trooper Les Boldt raced over, thrust out his hand, and in a miracle of timing and determination, snagged the woman's wrist as she started the plunge. Other officers ran to his aid, and they pulled the woman to safety while the on-dash police cam captured the action.

That woman on the edge was Tina Zahn, and in Why I Jumped she tells her story for the first time. This gripping book gives us a glimpse of what led to such deep depression that suicide seemed the only answer. From abuse and rejection in her childhood to severe postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, Tina has overcome incredible odds to get where she is today. You won't be able to put down this powerful true story of emotional struggle, dramatic rescue, and a return to hope.

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Sometimes it takes a miracle to find hope.

On July 19, 2004, an amazing story, accompanied by incredible video footage, broke across network and cable news programs. After a high-speed chase to the top of the Tower Drive Bridge (now Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge) in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a young woman stopped, got out of her car, walked to the edge of the bridge--and jumped. State Trooper Les Boldt raced over, thrust out his hand, and in a miracle of timing and determination, snagged the woman's wrist as she started the plunge. Other officers ran to his aid, and they pulled the woman to safety while the on-dash police cam captured the action.

That woman on the edge was Tina Zahn, and in Why I Jumped she tells her story for the first time. This gripping book gives us a glimpse of what led to such deep depression that suicide seemed the only answer. From abuse and rejection in her childhood to severe postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, Tina has overcome incredible odds to get where she is today. You won't be able to put down this powerful true story of emotional struggle, dramatic rescue, and a return to hope.
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Love It!  Mar 27, 2007
I finished this book in one day. I loved it. I found it interesting to hear her story because I suffered from the same thing. I would highly recommend this book.
 
Inspirational and riveting.  Mar 12, 2007
Tina Zahn tried to jump off a bridge 200 feet over the Fox River in Green Bay Wisconsin - but was saved by a trooper who caught her by the wrist as she went over. The whole incident was filmed by the police car's videocam and the event played on TV both locally and nationally. Here, for the first time, Zahn speaks out about why she jumped, and how she eventually recovered from the severe postpartum depression which nearly sent her over the edge. Both health libraries and general-interest lending collections will find WHY I JUMPED: MY TRUE STORY OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, DRAMATIC RESCUE AND RETURN TO HOPE inspirational and riveting.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
 
Story needed to be told  Feb 12, 2007
Tina Zahn describes her descent into a suicide attempt in this memoir about the ramifications of unresolved childhood trauma. Zahn explains that her post-partum depression was a final blow after a lifetime of abuse and abandonment. She reveals in the prologue that the reader will experience the drama of her story. The drama is captured on police video, which was recorded from the patrol car's camera as Zahn jumped from a bridge. Zahn's story was aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Tina was sexually abused by her father. Tina describes the sexual abuse in vague terms but the reader understands how helpless and hopeless she feels. When Tina's mother witnesses the abuse, she literally turns her back on her daughter, refusing to speak to Tina much less comfort her. The mother, who had been repeatedly beaten by the father, arranges family counseling. The counselor does not perform his due diligence and decides to withhold knowledge of incest from the authorities. The father claims he just can't help himself, yet with his promise to control himself, the family is reunited. Tina becomes a classic example of "blaming the victim."
Tina moves through her childhood and teenage years as a "submissive, fearful young woman always seeking to please." In high school, she learns that her father is not her biological father. Tina is left to process the fact that it was her stepfather who had been molesting her.
Tina does not find comfort or support for her deepening depression. She's confused about the meaning of love, but marries anyway. She can't cope with work, but signs on for high-pressured positions. She tells the reader that "tension developed between my youngest sister, Nadine, and me" but doesn't tell the reader why. Tina later has an in-depth conversation with Nadine about Nadine contemplating an abortion. The reader is left as confused as Tina: how does one talk with another about an unplanned pregnancy when there is tension between the two of them? Nothing is "for certain" in Tina's world: there is no safety and security, and ambivalence rules her relationships. She decides to end the pain by jumping off a bridge. In the aftermath, an entire community of cops and Christians support her. Tina shares her healing process, which includes faith, friends, medications, and a saintly spouse.
Tina Zahn has a story to tell, but she does not claim to be a writer. The writing style is elementary: "There are good days and bad days. Christmas was a hard day." It's also repetitive: "Mom made it clear" (page 52) "She made it clear" (page 53) "I got the message loud and clear" (page 53). And full of clichés: "miles between us...roadblocks we would face." However, Tina Zahn is performing a service by telling her story. Readers are made aware of the results of childhood trauma, and the fact that there is a high correlation between sexual assault and suicide attempts. These attempts are not captured on video after high speed car chases, nor are the attempters invited to Oprah. Most of the sexually abused just suffer until they silently and anonymously slip away. Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

 
A Great Read!  Feb 4, 2007
In 2004, after Tina gave birth to her second child, she drove to Tower Drive Bridge in Wisconsin and jumped off - and survived. While her story focuses on her past leading up to her struggle with postpartum depression, Tina's point about being the person she needed to be - open and honest, no masks, no secrets - really spoke to me. In addition to her story, I also appreciated the list of resources provided in the back of the book and the q/a section regarding postpartum depression.

I would recommend this book to anyone. For those who struggle with depression, I urge you to read this book. And if you have been a victim of sexual or any other type of abuse, please read Tina's story - and speak out.





 
WHY I JUMPED MY TRUE STORY OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, DRAMATIC RESCUE AND RETURN TO HOPE  Jan 10, 2007
very lucky for her to have a second chance in her life and having a loving husband after so long for him to understand her. gives you an idea to see what the other person goes thru especially phadophile blokes are selfish.
 

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