Gabrielle Giffords Shares Inspiring Story of Recovery

Giffords releases memoir about her assassination attempt and recovery

Gabrielle Giffords has been beating the odds from the moment a bullet tore through her skull on January 8, 2011.

Ten months ago, the Arizona congresswoman survived an assassination attempt that left six dead and injured 12 others. Giffords’ likelihood of recovery -- or even living -- was a long shot. Only five percent of those who sustain gunshot wounds to the head survive.

Even though she’s only been out of the hospital since June 15th -- less than five months -- Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, already have a book under their belt. Their new memoir, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope," offers intimate details about the shooting, as well as Giffords’ remarkable progress as she struggled to walk and talk again.

For months, Giffords couldn’t fully comprehend what had happened to her. When her husband asked what she remembered about the incident, she uttered three words: “Shot. Shocked. Scary.” Later that same day, she found out that others had died. It wasn’t until July, a few weeks after being released from the hospital, that she learned the names of those who had died: a staff member, a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl and three other people Giffords didn’t know.

The book also reveals that Giffords and her husband had been trying to get pregnant at the time of the shooting. She had undergone several rounds of fertility treatments had hoped to get pregnant by February 2011.

Though most of the book is written by Kelly, the final chapter -- a single page of short sentences and phrases -- is written by Giffords herself, says the Associated Press. In it, she writes, "I will get stronger. I will return."

The book comes out on November 15.

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