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Gabby Giffords Opens Up About Her Emotional Recovery: ‘I Will Get Stronger. I Will Return.’

Wed, November 9, 2011 4:22pm EDT by 1 Comment
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Read heartbreaking excerpts from Gabby’s inspirational new book about her incredible comeback.

The world was stunned when Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 41, was shot in the head by a crazed gunman Jan. 8, and we’ve hung onto her incredible story of recovery every step of the way. In a new book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, she and husband Mark Kelly recall the entire ordeal. “I often think of how Gabby described that day,” Mark writes in an excerpt obtained by People. “Shot. Shocked. Scary.”

One of the most heartbreaking passages involves Gabby’s initial realization of just how bad her condition really was.

“Gabby was sitting in her wheelchair, tears running down her face,” Mark writes. “She was hyperventilating, absolutely panicked. Gabby motioned with her left hand, waving it by her mouth. It didn’t take me long to figure out what was wrong.”

The book details how Gabby “lost her ability to formulate any original questions” following the attack. “All her life, Gabby had been a woman fueled by her curiosity,” Mark writes. “Had she lost that piece of herself, or was she just unable to tap into it?”

Fortunately, Gabby’s story ends much more positively than it began, though it’s far from over.

“I will get stronger,” she writes. “I will return.”

Gabby and Mark’s first TV interview with Diane Sawyer airs Nov. 14 on ABC.