Sink or Swim: Life After Crash Landing in the Hudson

Sink or Swim: Life After Crash Landing in the Hudson


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Karin Rooney had always been a bit of a nervous flyer when she and her boyfriend, Chris, decided to take a vacation to New York City. When she and Chris returned to the airport to catch their flight home to Colorado that cold January day in 2009, she had no idea of the drastic turn their lives were about to take. Shortly after takeoff when Karin and Chris boarded Flight #1549, Karin heard The Noise and felt the plane shake. Chris tried to calm Karin's fears, but he also knew that something had gone horribly wrong. As the plane began a 180-turn, Karin prayed, "God, protect our plane. Gently lay our plane down. Put your angels above, below, in front and behind our plane."

A voice on the intercom interrupted her prayers. "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your captain. Brace for impact."

Sink or Swim is Karin's riveting story of the day that Flight #1549 crashed into the Hudson River with Captain Sully Sullenberger at the helm, and of the miraculous survival of 155 people. Karin describes how the plane crash left her with PTSD but that through God's grace and trauma counseling, along with the passage of time, she has learned to face the day that changed her forever. Sink or Swim illustrates how challenging life can be when needing to heal from trauma. The good news is that Karin eventually experienced healing and now her passion is to help those affected by trauma, as well as to also help families and caregivers understand how to be a support to those touched by traumatic events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632694539
Publisher: Deep River Books Llc
Publication date: 12/21/2017
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Karin Rooney studied social work at Metropolitan State University in Colorado and has spent her post-education time working in foster care and adoption, creating space for her to grow in her understanding and passion for trauma-healing. Karin and her husband, Chris, have three children, Elaina, Clark, and Henry. The family recently moved from Colorado to Texas. Karin enjoys reading Victor Frankl, Paul David Tripp, John Steinbeck, and historical fiction.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

I Section One: Crashing 13

Chapter 1 Brace for Impact 15

Chapter 2 Some Background 21

Chapter 3 New York, New York 27

Chapter 4 Control Issues 31

Chapter 5 A Wing and a Prayer 33

Chapter 6 Rescued 37

Chapter 7 Reunited 41

Chapter 8 Recovery 45

Chapter 9 Going Home 49

II Section Two: Celebrating 51

Chapter 10 Statistics 53

Chapter 11 Baggage 57

Chapter 12 Riding the Waves 61

Chapter 13 A Proposal 65

Chapter 14 A Wedding 69

III Section Three: Sinking 73

Chapter 15 Return to New York 75

Chapter 16 And So It Begins 79

Chapter 17 Logic 85

Chapter 18 Unpacking My Emotions 89

Chapter 19 My Relationship with God 91

Chapter 20 Uncertainty 95

Chapter 21 A Woman with a Plan 97

IV Section Four: Searching 101

Chapter 22 Rock Bottom 103

Chapter 23 Reaching Out 109

Chapter 24 EMDR 113

Chapter 25 Big Picture 119

V Section Five: Learning 121

Chapter 26 Catastrophizing 123

Chapter 27 Death 127

Chapter 28 Relationships 131

Chapter 29 Don't Trump My Trauma 137

Chapter 30 Changing My Focus 141

Chapter 31 Glimpses of Redemption 145

VI Section Six: Growing 151

Chapter 32 My Faith 153

Chapter 33 My Family 159

Chapter 34 My Future 163

Chapter 35 A New Life 169

Afterword 171

Endnotes 176

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and story! If you are struggling with something in your life and feel like everyone keeps giving you stock answers, you need to read this book.