Giffords Vows to Return to Work

In her new book "Gabby," congresswoman says she'll carry on
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 12:43 PM CDT
Giffords Vows to Return to Work
This file image provided by Scribner shows the cover of the joint memoir of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."   (AP Photo/Scribner, File)

Gabrielle Giffords intends to return to Congress, she vows in a one-page statement at the end of the upcoming memoir Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, out Nov. 15. The rest of the book is written by husband Mark Kelly, according to the AP, which got an advance copy, but the final chapter, entitled “Gabby’s Voice,” is a one-page statement written in short sentences and phrases by Giffords herself. “I will get stronger. I will return,” she writes. (She also reads that chapter in the audiobook version.)

The book also reveals that Giffords has lost half her vision in both eyes, and that before the shooting the couple had been trying to have a baby, with Giffords undergoing several rounds of fertility treatments. And it recounts in painful detail her recovery: For months, Giffords was unable to understand what had happened to her. When she finally did, and Kelly asked if she remembered the shooting, she replied, “Shot. Shocked. Scary.” For lighter moments from the book, read the AP's full article. (More Gabrielle Giffords shooting stories.)

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