A Message from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

RepGiffords on November 15, 2011 15:39

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    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a message recorded to her Southern Arizona constituents, says that she is getting better and is anxious to get back to work representing them.

    “I’m getting stronger. I’m getting better,” the three-term congresswoman said in the message released today. The congresswoman also said, “I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor.”

    The message, which lasts about a minute, was recorded last week in Houston, where Giffords has been undergoing rigorous rehabilitation therapy for 10 months. She was shot in the head on Jan. 8 while meeting with her constituents at a shopping center in Northwest Tucson. Six people were killed in the shooting and 12 others, in addition to Giffords, were wounded.

    Since the congresswoman went to Houston for therapy, she has been kept updated by staff members about events in Congress and in her district. She has returned to Tucson twice so far for private family visits.

    The recorded message initially was released to the Arizona Daily Star, the congresswoman’s hometown newspaper.

    28 Comments

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    • jbrn123
      jbrn123 on March 15, 2012 05:49

      The congresswoman also said, “I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor.” funny games

    • braddasseymusic
      braddasseymusic at 0.19 on March 01, 2012 08:31

      heck yeah. hard year for sure.

    • Dave Haynes
      Dave Haynes at 0.40 on December 01, 2011 10:17

      great to hear your voice again

    • NatRaj Recordings
    • Johnny Slidell
      Johnny Slidell at 0.33 on November 20, 2011 09:46

      Thank you for the message Gabby. We love you and it's so great to hear that you want to get back to work serving Arizona. Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all

    • Matt Waters.
    • Wes Martin
      Wes Martin at 0.26 on November 17, 2011 11:55

      Good grief! Very,very brave and warmest wishes from England

    • hypermodern
      hypermodern at 0.03 on November 16, 2011 22:20

      I'm so happy to hear your voice, Gabby. I suffered TBI right before you did and I'm going to the support group tonight and playing your message http://www.braininjurycenter.org/ Thank you! All my best for continued recovery.

    • Kerry Sivia
      Kerry Sivia at 0.21 on November 16, 2011 20:33

      You are amazing Gabby! You inspire me! I am so glad to hear you speaking! I hope your recovery continues to go well. I saw your interview on Monday with Diane Sawyer. You are lucky to have such wonderful people in your life and Americans are lucky to have you serving in our House of Representatives. Peace, love and go Gabby!

    • Liz Barrett
      Liz Barrett on November 16, 2011 17:27

      We love you too, Gabby. <3

    • ACarter
      ACarter on November 16, 2011 16:55

      Your story is truly an ispiration. I understand from the ABC report that your first word during your recovery was "what." That was my daughter's first word. An entire nation is pulling for you.

    • Auntie Ba
      Auntie Ba on November 16, 2011 16:37

      Hurray for you! You are a survivor, and that is no accident. GO GABBY!
      From The Twin Cities, Minnesota

    • sepp1234
      sepp1234 at 0.08 on November 16, 2011 15:42

      great to hear your voice, you hope, your determination. Thoughts and prayers to you / your family, those that did not survive, all of those who did survive, and to all of the families that suffered. From Cochise County, Arizona on the San Pedro River - you continue to inspire me Gabby!!!XX

    • Corey Wiese
      Corey Wiese on November 16, 2011 13:08

      Your doing beautifully Miss. Gifford keep up the smiling and the laughter

    • Valerie Ekstrom Lancaster
      Valerie Ekstrom Lancaster on November 16, 2011 07:42

      Amazing! Thanks for message and Tucson and all of Southern Arizona looks forward to your return.

    • Karen_Roberts
      Karen_Roberts on November 16, 2011 05:02

      Gabrielle, I got brain damage when I was six months old. I know what you must be going through. I believe I can help you recover faster. I have some tips and tricks doctors don't know from direct experience. Right now it is like your swimming threw thick waters to speak. That is what it felt like to me. Please email me at karn_46@hotmail.com I would really like to work with you. Karen

    • Susan Israel
      Susan Israel on November 16, 2011 02:42

      What an inspiration! You are awesome!

    • Raymond Pollice
      Raymond Pollice on November 16, 2011 02:31

      Thinking of cousins in Tucson. Just as I had always thought, you are getting stronger and better by the day. : )

    • Evan Tenenbaum
    • Sara Hoffman
      Sara Hoffman on November 16, 2011 00:26

      Keep getting stronger! I am so inspired by you. You are amazing, Gabby.

    • Roxanne Hendricks Craig
      Roxanne Hendricks Craig at 1.01 on November 15, 2011 23:19

      You are such an inspiration to us all Gabby! I love you and am praying for you as you continue to get stronger! God bless you and Mark!

    • Anne Schmitt
      Anne Schmitt at 1.02 on November 15, 2011 23:02

      Gabby, I know you are getting better and better. We love you and are so very proud. Tucson grows some really special people and you are the best!!

    • Vanchy
      Vanchy on November 15, 2011 21:30

      Amazing!!! You are a truly wonderful and out of this world person.

    • Mark Altekruse
    • Kim Nelson
      Kim Nelson at 1.01 on November 15, 2011 18:19

      Thank You, Gabby! Having met you was my honor. Being represented by you, my privilege.

    • Parker Higgins
      Parker Higgins on November 15, 2011 17:37

      Wow, this is an incredible recording. Thank you and good luck, congresswoman!

    • David Noël
      David Noël at 1.01 on November 15, 2011 17:33

      Wow. Truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing and thank you for staying strong.

    • Dee-S
      Dee-S on November 15, 2011 17:30

      Gabrielle is a beacon for fortitude and determination; a public figure to admire and look-up to. I want to see her get back to work, too.

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