AP Exclusive: Giffords vows return to Congress - Tucson News Now

AP Exclusive: Giffords vows return to Congress

PHOENIX (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords vows to return to Congress in a book that details her therapy and battle to come to terms with the Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded her and 12 others on January 8th.

"Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" is the most personal and detailed look yet at Giffords' struggle over the past 10 months to relearn how to walk and talk.

The Associated Press purchased an advanced copy of the book that's set for release November 15.

Giffords' husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, wrote the book, but Giffords delivers a section in which she says her goal is to get back to Congress.

Kelly also recounts the agony he felt when several media outlets inaccurately reported Giffords was dead, then describes hope when he learned she was alive.

The AP reports that Kelly writes he tried to tell his wife several times that she had been shot in the head.

Giffords did not fully understand until about mid-March.

When he asked what she remembered about the attack, she replied with three words.

"Shot. Shocked. Scary."

It was her husband who told Giffords about the six people who were killed.

Kelly writes that he began by telling her that her young staff member, Gabe Zimmerman, had died.

She moaned and cried.

He continued, telling her about all the others, and ending by telling her about the child, Christina-Taylor Green.

There are lighter moments in the book, like when former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara visited Giffords at the hospital in Houston.

Giffords kept replying to them with the only word she was able to say at the time, "chicken."

The AP says, the book tells us that when she was shown photos of famous people to see if she recognized faces, Giffords said of Arnold Schwarzenegger's picture, "Messin' around. Babies," an apparent reference to Schwarzenegger's marital troubles. 

The AP says Kelly also reveals the couple had been trying to have a baby before the shooting.

Giffords had undergone several rounds of fertility treatments the last few years.

She had hoped to get pregnant early this year.

"Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope" will be released November 15th.

In the audio version, Kelly reads the book until the last chapter.

Giffords reads that part herself.

It's a single page of short sentences and phrases.

She wrote, "I will get stronger. I will return."

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