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A Miracle In The Making *Open Thread*

I happened to catch Diane Sawyer’s interview with Mark Kelly and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Monday night. What a moving, inspiring, touching story it was, and is, to see this courageous woman, with the support of her loving, retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, coming back from the horrific crime that almost took her life.

I have mentioned before that I had been following Rep. Gifford’s career long before that crazed madman, Jared Loughner, tried to kill her. I had been impressed by her joie de vivre, her passion, and her commitment to her people, be they “Democrats, Libertarians, or vegetarians,” as she said in one speech caught in the video below. The one time of note that she choose party over her constituents was her vote for Obamacare, which raised the hackles of many in her community.

Here is a good overview of Giffords, before the shooting, the shooting, and after, from Diane Sawyer’s interview:

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But about Jared Loughner, when Diane Sawyer asked Giffords’ husband how they felt about him, he was clear that BOTH of them were sorry that the young man, who was clearly troubled, never got the help that he really needed. Not anger, not resentment, not hatred of him for what he had done to her, what he had TAKEN from her, just regret that someone was clearly suffering, without getting the help he needed. When Giffords was asked if she was angry about the shooting, she said, “No, no, no. Life. Life.” It’s just life – stuff happens. Wow, what a remarkable answer.

That said, there was also grief and sorrow for Giffords as she learned about the loss of the 6 people killed by Loughner that day, including a member of Giffords’ staff, and the 9 yr old girl. (The Boston Globe has a good write up of the special in case you didn’t get a chance to see it, and/or have trouble watching videos.)

One aspect I found to be particularly interesting was the use of songs in her therapy. One of the therapists mentioned that songs are stored in a separate part of the brain than language, even though they are made up of words. So by singing songs, it enables Giffords to access words she knew. Isn’t that amazing? Music really is an incredible gift in so many ways, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.

It is hard not to just be completely smitten by this courageous woman, her tenacity, her continued optimism and hard work to overcome this tragedy. Her smile lights up a room, and while the words are still slow to come, it is clear she understands what is being said to her.

And her husband, Mark Kelly, is no slouch, either. His devotion is evident, and his own accomplishments are just staggering. You may recall that Kelly was the shuttle commander for the Endeavour, and was aboard for its final flight.

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I hope that Rep. Giffords will soon be able to string sentences together. I hope she will be able to go to Africa with Kelly next summer as they plan to do, an idea that clearly brought a huge smile to her face to consider. And I pray that, if she feels she is capable of returning to her seat in Congress, that she will be able to do so.

Gabrielle Giffords is truly a miracle in the making. Feel free to share thoughts or opinions on her recovery, or any other stories that are piquing your interest today.

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

    Hey look!  Ron Paul is a pretty nice guy as well.

    Today during Rep. Paul’s appearance at a Cato Institute conference, one
    CBS cameraman was so determined to get a shot of the GOP candidate that
    he shoved Daily Caller videographer Direna Cousins. Paul stopped his interview to tell the CBS reporter to stop behaving so aggressively.Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/16/cbs-ignored-ron-paul-at-debate-now-shoves-competitor-to-get-a-shot/#ixzz1dunbe5yL

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  • MG

    Well it seems like the Obama, Valerie Jarrett are looking for the symphaty vote….this looks like a set-up…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/11/16/insider-called-it-staged-threat-against-obama/First of all shooter taking aim at the WH?  Then the Snipers are not taking notice…Yeaaaaah!   Right! 

    • murray

      whenever I try to link to the ulsterman report, my internet connection totally shuts down.

      Over on Atlas Shrugs, Pamela Geller posted a note from a serviceman posted in Germany, saying that the Army’s computer’s are not linking to her website.

      Something’s up.

  • MG

    Well it seems like the Obama, Valerie Jarrett are looking for the symphaty vote….this looks like a set-up…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/11/16/insider-called-it-staged-threat-against-obama/First of all shooter taking aim at the WH?  Then the Snipers are not taking notice…Yeaaaaah!   Right! 

  • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz
    • Anonymous

      The key is, what was his advice? That is the $1.6M question.

      • http://twitter.com/Juliezzz Juliezzz

        During that period, Gingrich consulted with Freddie Mac executives on a program to expand home ownership, an idea Delk said he pitched to President George W. Bush’s White House.
        “I spent about three hours with him talking about the substance of the issues and the politics of the issues, and he really got it,” said Delk, adding that the two discussed “what the benefits are to communities, what the benefits could be for Republicans and particularly their relationship with
        Hispanics.”

        • twobits1

          The $1.6 million was paid over a period of 8 years as I understand it. It was paid to his firm, not to him as an individual. May be a small point, but people’s salaries and the firm’s expenses were paid out of the money as well. Will be interesting to see some of the files about what his advice was. I like Newt a lot and want to see him succeed.

  • Anonymous

    I guess I’m still waiting for Ms. Giffords to chastise those who slandered conservatives in her name.  After her shooting, there were many who accused the right of “hate speech” and inciting the shooter.  It is up to her to correct the record and let people know that her shooting was the result of untreated mental illness, and nothing else.  Until she does that, I really don’t care how perky and plucky she is.

  • HELENK

    this so-called political correctness sucks

    No Santa at chemo center this year. They do not want to offend anyone

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/11/16/south-carolina-cancer-center-give-santa-claus-the-boot-we-dont-want-to-offend-anyone/

  • Anonymous

    Democrats Plan Cemetery Petition Drive to Collect Names to Oust Scott Walker
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/democrats-plan-cemetery-petition-drive-to-collect-names-to-oust-scott-walker/

  • HELENK

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/16/hamid-karzai-loya-jirga-raids

    karzai says no to night raids by military.

    Now I have never been in the military , but to me that tells the enemy, keep a couple of guards awake during the day while we sleep and then we will travel and work at night

    • HELENK

      all through history were most attacks at dawn???

  • Anonymous

    While their numbers are way down, some of these OWS misfits have returned with umbrellas. It is high time trhat Bloomberg finally enforced the law and not allow anyone to sleep on the street.

    But these anarchists (they have demands and just cause trouble) are planning to cause more trouble in New York and will expect to see NYC forced into violent confrontations because of threats of Molotov Cocktails in Macy’s:
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/16/ows-protesters-calling-for-day-of-action-following-loss-of-camp-in-zuccotti-park/

    While Donnie Deutsch once proposed on MSNBC that what the OWS bowel movement needed was a Kent State event to help their cause. While the statement was just another ignorant observation by junior, what OWS is planning could lead to such an event.

    Unfortantely for them and for Deutsch Police Commisioner Ray Kelly is just too smart to have that happen on his watch.

    • Anonymous

      for sure

  • Wbboe

    From The NY Times Editors on why the Supreme Court should leave the Obamacare mandate alone:
    All of these issues are best resolved in the political system, not the courts. The Supreme Court ought to show judicial restraint, adhere to precedent and uphold the constitutionality of health care reform.
    What a strange, convenient notion of judicial restraint.  Should that restraint also apply when the next Congress passes the guns and tobacco mandate?===Legal Insurrection.
    ———————————
    This is not strange at all.  These leftists have simply adopted a pre-Marbury vs Madison view of the Constitution, whereas the rest of us had simply assumed, in error, that the issue was resolve two centuries ago.  Silly us. We thought the Constitution was the Supreme law of the land, we though the Supreme Court was its final arbiter, and we thought that when a case or controversy calls for an interpretation of Article 1 that the Court cannot simply defer but must address the issue. Interestingly enough these same whores at NYT were ridiculing this case a couple years ago, and I found myself in the position of arguing that it was a serious case indeed because the law is uncontitutional.

    But the further question is this: to what and to whom is the Supreme Court to defer, whether on grounds of self restraint, a political question, or some other artifice or device.  I say again to what are they to defer.  To answer that question you need to revisit the entire res gestae–the fact that it was passed strictly on partisan lines, the fact that nobody was given the time to read or debate it, the fact that it was not accurately scored by CBO, and the effect it is having in terms of premium increase, WAIVERS to p9olitically connected, and the killing of jobs.  Is that res gestae enough for the Court to overlook its institutional responsibility and defer to?

    • Wbboe

      Sorry.  I forgot to add. Fuck them.

      • Anonymous

        LOL

    • Wbboe

      In interpreting this Obama care, the legislative history is fair game.  I hope the Court addresses it.  And when someone says but but but if you hold this law to be unconstitutional it will make Obama look bad, I would say haste makes waste–or he who seeks equity must do equity (the equitable doctrine of unclean hands).  This would not be the first time the Court said no to a president, and it should not be the last.

  • HELENK

    the ulsterman
    entire casefile on the Brian Terry killing is missing

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2011/11/15/breaking-entire-case-file-on-brian-terry-killing-missing/

    • Wbboe

      Judicial Watch needs to send a letter to the US Attorney handling the case, asking where the case file is.  They may get the same kind of non response response, but that is fine .  Just cover that base, so when the truth does come out we can hang these people for their evasions.  In the old days, US Attorneys were not the kind of hyper partisan hacks we now see under the Obama Administration.  Their respect for the law is conspicuous by its absence.

    • Wbboe

      Judicial Watch needs to send a letter to the US Attorney handling the case, asking where the case file is.  They may get the same kind of non response response, but that is fine .  Just cover that base, so when the truth does come out we can hang these people for their evasions.  In the old days, US Attorneys were not the kind of hyper partisan hacks we now see under the Obama Administration.  Their respect for the law is conspicuous by its absence.

  • HELENK
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  • Anonymous

    RRRAmy – Thank you so much for this post on Abby Giffords and her husband!  I missed the Diane Sawyer interview and I so wanted to see it.  What an inspiration they both are!!  What a tribute to the power of optimism, perseverance and hard work.

  • HELENK

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12110386

    this is so cool a hybrid airship combination air ship and plane that can land like a helocopter

  • HELENK

    will someone please tell backtrack that Hawaii is one of the 57 states and not part of Asia.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/11/16/obamateurism-of-the-day-635/

  • HELENK
  • HELENK
  • Anonymous

    I understand that the book written by her husband of her story also goes to the false meme that blames Palin for the dangerous rhetoric of her campaign, conveniently ignoring all imagery and rhetoric used by the Left that incites to violence. Joe Biden, I’m especially looking at you. Shame on Diane Sawyer and shame on her husband for stooping to this blatantly political and, frankly, scummy talk. It’s a shame that his stellar example of what it is to be a man and a husband has been marred, for me, by the need to blame. I do not think he represents Gabby’s feelings/thoughts by what she said in the interview on this and he does a disservice to her by putting it in her book, her story.

    That said, Giffords and her husband do deserve much praise for their great determination and support of her struggle to recover from what could have been a mortal or more crippling wound. Gabrielle Giffords always was, always will be an exceptional woman. I remember seeing her on Greta talking about some issue close to the 2010 elections. The way she spoke with authority, intelligence, and warmth, put me in mind of a young Hillary Clinton. And politics aside, that is still a great complement.   

    • murray

      I’m thinking Giffords got gub’mint money or some other perk to mention Sarah Palin in derogatory terms.

      I was just over at HuffPo.  There’s a video up of Sarah Palin, discussing the Republican line-up, as well as her opinion of Sandusky.

       After they quoted Sarah as saying, “They should hang him from the highest tree.  I’ll bring the rope,” the article then launched into a “reminder” of Sarah’s “violent rhetoric,” by dregging up the Gabby Gifford story.  Again. 

      That the media is still blaming Sarah Palin for Gabby’s shooting should be embarassing for them.  Who’s behind this…Axelrod, perhaps?

  • HELENK

    rev amy
    for some reason my trend micro will not let me go to your site, crawfish hole or uppity woman. It tells me dangerous page, malicious software, You might be under some kind of internet attack

  • Anonymous

    Obviously Representative Giffords has made a great deal of progress, thanks to her strength and a great deal of support.
    To choose to embrace the future is courageous. It is very difficult to forgive persons who commit such horrible crimes. I doubt that I would be able to.
    In fairness to the voters in her district, they should have the option of electing a sound representative without feeling guilty.

  • Anonymous

    I was surprised flabbergasted to find this in the Washington Post. That means they have committed two actual pieces of reporting in the last two days. Amazing.
     
    Occupy movement – more trouble or change
     
    Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-occupy-movement-more-trouble-or-change/2011/11/15/gIQAu9dVPN_story.html

    • Anonymous

      Oops meant to include this cartoon with the article. My bad.

  • Anonymous

    My enjoyment of the “miracle” for Gabby Giffords was spoiled by Diane Sawyer’s remark about Sarah Palin “targeting” her. Even in a feelgood story like this they couldn’t resist as slap at another woman.

    My respect and admiration for her is for her fight to recover. If I was a citizen of Arizona and she ran again, I would not vote for her. As I would not vote for anyone that voted for Obamacare. Maybe one small “slip” in representing her constituents but it’s a significant one.

    As for the “life” happens comment, as someone who lost a daughter I would, as perhaps would the parents of the 9 year old girl that died, be a little less nonchalant.

    I wish her every thing good in her fight to regain all that she once was. Still wouldn’t vote for her. 

    • Anonymous

      I was annoyed by that as well. Sawyer just had to go there (and this is but one reason why I don’t watch ABC News). I tried to focus just on their story instead…

      Dave L, I can appreciate that you have a very different opinion of Giffords, especially abt Obamacare. I was VERY disappointed with her vote on that. But in terms of the tire co., at least what they said on this show, was that she had taken a job in NY, and her dad called her to come help him rescue the business because it was failing. At that point, they sold it.

      But I do hear you that your experience is different, and I appreciate your sharing that here.

    • William L. Donlon

      RRA: As Always — A Great Story — Thanks!!!

      KenoshaMarge: –Ditto!

      YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN THE FACTS OF LIFE TO SOME PEOPLE!!!

       I Just Hated That Diane Sawyer Had to Use This Woman’s Life And Death Struggle To Settle A “Blood Libel” With A Conservative Woman.

      In That Vile Moment, Sawyer Is A Clueless Pimp For The Radical Left.

      Those In The Radical Left  Media Are Utterly Incapable Of Understanding  In Just What Low Regard, The Vast Majority Of The American People Hold Them.

      Diane Sawyer, By Standing On Gifford’s Wounded Body To Deliver Her Cheap Shot,

       Proved What A Sad Pathetic Low Life She Is..

      Like Rev. Amy — I Loved The Story Of This Miracle Of Love, Courage And Human Struggle.

  • Dave L.

    Giffords is my Congresswoman here in Tucson, while I do not condone shooting people that I disagree with, she is far from the saint that you are portraying !  I contacted her after her vote for Obamacare and asked why she supported it when the majority of people she represented opposed it.  Her answer, ” I takled to ONE woman who had such a heart wrenching story about her inability to get coverage for one of her children with a pre-existing condition !!  One person caused this Congresswoman to vote against the majority of her constitutiants.  Giffords also likes to tout herself as a small business woman, yea right, her parents left he a thriving business called El Campo Tire, with great stores all over Tucson.  The stores were known for their great service, honesty and fair prices.  Giffords ran all the stores into bankruptcy in one year, before they were rescued and taken over by Goodyear Tire Co. I wish Giffords nothing but the best as far as her recovery goes, but I hope and pray that she never returns to the halls of congress !!  The citizens do not need this individual as their represenative !

  • Peggy Sue

    Good post, Amy.  I watched the interview.  For me personally it was a painful reminder of how catastrophic brain injury always is, how much tenacity and courage is required to push rehab to recovery and that a loving partner and family make a huge difference.  Luck doesn’t hurt either.

    Best to her and her family.  She still has a long journey but her progress is  impressive. 

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling that Gabby at half power is still better than a lot of the clowns in Congress at full power.

  • Ani

    Amy,

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely story.  In the midst of so much disturbing news, it is wonderful to take a moment to celebrate someone who has so much courage and two people with a genuine love for each other.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Ani (and nice to *see* you). Yes, this week, short though it has been, is already bringing a host of crapola from this Admin., so some good news is always welcome.

      They are a wonderful couple, aren’t they?

      • Anonymous

        yes they are Amy.

  • Anonymous

    Her progress is stellar considering what she survived.  Fully functional and able to handle the stress of daily life and or Congress?….mmmmm probably not.

    It’s difficult when the comprehension appears to be so much more than the output of language.

    It is a real feel good story…but any good diagnostician or therapist would still be very cautious about touting a full recovery.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, cuz—How refreshing to see this post, full of miracles and hopefulness. We need a big dose of both!
    Thank you!
    I honestly do not remember knowing anything about Gabrielle before the horrendous incident.
    I watched her a little tonight, and you have it right: a miracle in the making. It’s hard to imagine the joy and gratitude her family must feel because she has survived. That will be one hell-of-a-Thanksgiving at that household this year…wow!
    Also, we saw Peter Schweitzer (you wrote about him yesterday) interviewed on Fox ( Hannity? Can’t remember !) tonight.
    He was impressive and full of staggering specifics….Incredible what those thieves in DC have been doing!

    And on a final note—–You’re so clever, you probably did this on purpose, but I just noticed this evening that your wonderful Veteran’s Day tribute was posted at 11 minutes past 11  o’clock on Friday ( which was of course 11/11).  That was a neat “find”!

  • beachnan

    Thanks RRA.  This is what a love story looks like–beautiful and courageous.  You’re right.  Her smile does light up a room.

  • Anonymous