By COLLEEN CURRY | ABC News – 8 hrs ago
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has always been a fighter. For years, she fought for her causes in Congress, she fought her way through 10-mile-hikes and runs with her friends in Tucson, Ariz., and with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, she fought -- through in vitro fertilization and fertility drugs -- to have a child.
But on Jan. 8, all of that changed. Following the shooting of 16 people at a meet-and-greet in Tucson, Giffords fought to survive a near-deadly gun shot to the brain, and after that, she had to fight once again, for the life she wanted back.
"Difficult," Giffords says in her first interview since the shooting, with ABC News' Diane Sawyer.
Giffords still struggles for the right words to form sentences, a condition called aphasia that is common in brain injury patients. She has undergone months of intensive speech and physical therapy to try and rebuild the connections in her brain that were severed when a bullet entered just over her left eye, traveling through the left side of her brain.
"It's clear that any lower, it would've killed her, any further midline, it would've killed her," Kelly tells Sawyer. "If it crossed hemispheres, it would've killed her. Any further outboard, she'd never be able to speak again. Any higher, she'd never be able to walk."
Giffords' remarkable journey to recovery and the love story that brought her and Kelly together is the subject of a new book they worked on together, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope." more at link: http://news.yahoo.com/humor-determin...221853645.html
Thanks for posting this Linda K.Just watched the show and it was fantastic.
I had no idea she was being interviewed. Does anyone have a link to the actual interview?
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
By Michael A. Memoli November 15, 2011, 12:26 p.m
Obama, joined by the first lady, spent a few minutes at Giffords' bedside that day, each taking her hand and speaking to her, Obama saying the nation wished her well.
As he was ready to leave, Kelly addressed the president.
"Mr. President, Gabby really loves Arizona, and as you know, this community has a crisis on its border," he recalls saying.
"We've been trying to think what Gabby would want us to say to you today. We think she'd ask you to come back sometime and visit the border, to see for yourself the problems down there."
"Absolutely," Obama responded. "When she's ready, let me know and I'll come back." more at link: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...tory?track=rss
This was a 2 hour special you can watch the first hour on ABC 2020. As well it was stated that since this interview she has made even more progress in the 2 weeks since Sawyer did it
It is definately worth watching for those that are interested.
By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, December 29, 12:32 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, other survivors of the Tucson shooting rampage and numerous others will come together in the close-knit southern Arizona city on Jan. 8 to commemorate the one-year mark of that tragic day and remember those who died.
A number of events are planned that Sunday, although it remained unclear Thursday which Giffords will attend or whether she will make any public statements.
Other survivors of the shooting, including Giffords’ staffers Ron Barber and Pam Simon, plan on going to every event that they can. Others, like 76-year-old survivor Mavy Stoddard — whose husband died shielding her from bullets — plan on staying home with loved ones who will help them get through the emotional day.
“The whole weekend of the anniversary, I think is going to be tough,” Barber said recently during an interview in Giffords’ Tucson office. more at link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...sOP_story.html
Tucson hospital's Jan. 8 gathering: From rememberance to celebration
Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/tucs...#ixzz1innO94lR
Walk a tribute to Tucson shooting spree's youngest victim
Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/walk...#ixzz1inogiIqx
Giffords visits scene of shooting for first time
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, stood arm-in-arm as they looked at the spot where the shooting happened.
Gabrielle's recovery and life today truly are a miracle. Bless her.
Rest in Peace
Joey, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Mateo
Giffords leads thousands in pledge of allegiance in confident voice
Link to pictures
Link to article
Read more: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/giff...#ixzz1ivxgQulv
Simply amazing the progress she has made!
New article on Loughner.
I have to tell you that being from this town and experiencing it very live that day, the local reporting, this whole tradgedy brought some awful memories of last year up again. Just posting the few articles above & after reading them, I cried again when I read them. Christina Taylor-Green & Suzi Hileman's retelling of that day just breaks my heart. Seeing Gabriel G. making progress is amazing. Her husband standing beside her is touching. Big hugs to all.
Mental illness is so hard to deal with. My heart & prayers for all the families stricken in this sad sad event. Loughner's lawyers need to let the doctors get him under control & not interfere with any progress just so they could get him declared insane. It's too early, he hasn't been on the medication long enough, jmo. JL suffered for a long time untreated from as much as I know, it's a wonder he wasn't diagnosed sooner. It can be hard for families to get their adult child into care but you have to do it. AZ has laws that will allow you to petition the courts to have your family member/child/spouse put in a lockdown facility up to 6 months (maybe more) if they are suicidal or could potentially harm someone else. It's flawed like many other things in the mental health care system, but it can be done. jmo
We also have a law where after a mentally ill patient has been declared competent, they will be tried for their original crime. I'm not sure I'd want to wake up to what I had done, but you should pay for your crime. I'm sure thought would be behind their verdict. jmo
Jared Loughner: then and now
Just received a "breaking news" email from my local TV station:
National Breaking News
Gabrielle Giffords will resign
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced on her website Sunday that she will
resign from Congress this week to continue her recuperation from the brain
injury she suffered when shot just over a year ago.
MORE DETAILS: http://www.clickondetroit.com/tu/64T9Uol5I.html
Rest in Peace
Joey, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Mateo
A hero. Shot in the head by a man poisoned by mental illness and right-wing rhetoric.
Loughner to Plead Guilty in Giffords Shooting, Official Says
Jared Loughner, the young Tucson man accused of shooting then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people, is set to plead guilty Tuesday, an official familiar with the case said Saturday.
A psychologist appointed by the court is expected to say at the hearing that he is competent to plead guilty,
I have read the book about Gabby and thought it such an excellent book. It was a true testament to Gabby and Mark's love and their strength, as well as the things they have accomplished and will continue to accomplish in their lives.
Here is a link to the 20/20 interview with them.
This is a great link because it has all of the episodes from 20/20 for the past few seasons, including the ones about Susan and Josh Powell and the one about Tina Watson who died at the hands of her husband while on her honeymoon scuba diving with him
Cyrus C. convicted of 2004 arson in Harvey, La. that killed 4 people, including his 19-month-old daughter, his teenage girlfriend, the girlfriend's mom and GF's young brother (age 11). He was acquitted in 2008 (state charges) in 2008 and found GUILTY (federal charges) in 2013
Jared Loughner pleads guilty to killing 6 in Tucson shooting
TUCSON — Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to the Tucson shooting attack last year that killed six people and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A federal judge here concluded that Loughner understands at this time that he's responsible for opening fire during a congressional constituent meeting in a parking lot
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 8:13 PM EDT, Sun August 12, 2012(CNN) -- Nineteen months after she and 18 others were shot at a political event -- six of them fatally -- former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned home Sunday to her native southern Arizona, her husband said.
Giffords has spent most of the time since the January 8, 2011, attack at medical facilities in Houston recovering from being shot in the head at a "Congress On Your Corner" event outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson. She's returned to her hometown several times since that shooting, though not permanently until now.
"Moving back to Tucson today," her husband Mark Kelly, a retired Navy captain and astronaut, wrote Sunday on his Twitter feed. "Gabby has been waiting for this day for a long time." more at link: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/12/us/ari...fords-returns/