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Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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From the Inside Flap
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. Tina Zahn is a wife and mother of two. She has been actively involved in the American Red Cross and the American Diabetes Association and is a former pharmaceutical rep for several major companies. Zahn is currently an instructor for One-to-One Discipleship and a facilitator for a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband, Daniel, and their children, Sarah and Noah. Wanda Dyson is an author and a Christian counselor who specializes in helping women recover from depression, anxiety, rejection, and the long-term effects of sexual and physical assault. She lives in Frederick County, Maryland.
From the Back Cover
I just had to make it to the bridge. If I could make it to the bridge, the pain would stop. I just had to make it to the bridge, and the hopelessness would end. It became a refrain, running over and over in my head as I raced down the highway: Make it to the bridge, and the pain will end. It's hopeless. Just wanna die. Make it to the bridge. When I finally reached the highest point of Tower Drive Bridge, I pulled over and stopped the car. I was so calm, so sure. I knew this was the right thing to do, and there was peace as I opened the door, stepped out, and walked around my car toward the guardrail. As I reached the concrete barrier, I heard someone calling out to me. "Ma'am! Ma'am!" I ignored him as I took a deep breath . . . and jumped.
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have suffered from depression most of my life, but this woman's depression was to
another level due to a traumatic childhood and a somewhat crazy mother. It amazed
me how well she is doing despite it all. She also shows that bringing the right group of
friends into your life can change everything, the prayers sent up are not ignored and a
miracle can save you in the nick of time
I have sympathy for people with depression. I have never know depression to the depth of Tina's, yet her story helped me understand the turmoil going through not only her life, but the lives of other women the media has brought to light over the years about the subject of mothers killing their babies. It makes one ask the question, "Should we have sent women to jail in similar circumstances?" They weren't mean, dangerous, women. They were hopeless people who were at the end of their ropes in painful agony. They could find no way out!
I appreciate that Tina Zahn wrote this book. I really do. If you are deeply depressed, I hope somehow you get a copy of this book and read it through. Maybe it will save your life and many others.
It is a very clean book with no sexual descriptions or bad words, even though lots of events were described. I gave it five star for the purity alone in such an awful life full of drama.
I applaud the honesty and willingness to share your story Tina. May it help many people - the help lists and criteria at the end are invaluable.
I can identify with so much in this book and can't stress enough how important it is to get help, and to be brave enough to find the right person/people to be completely honest with if you find yourself battling depression for whatever the reason. Don't give up at the first hurdle - find someone who will listen.