Former Arizona Congressman Gabrielle Giffords has made a lot of strides since she was shot in the head at point blank range roughly two years ago. At one point shortly after the attack on her, she could only spoke two words, “what” and “chicken.”
Now Giffords is among those leading the charge for tougher gun control laws in the wake of the slaughter of innocent first graders in Newtown, Conn.
On Sunday The New York Times did a Page One story on Giffords’ anti-gun lobbying and personal progress in an article with the headline “Giffords Eases Steadily Into New Life, And Cause.”
Giffords’ shooting by a mad man at a Tucson supermarket was a horror. But one of its silver linings is that Giffords is an example of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its consequences to America.
For the most part, there are no overnight recoveries for those who have sustained a TBI. The road is a long and difficult one. Giffords is living proof of that.
“Speaking in full sentences is still a struggle, and she has regular therapy sessions to help recover her speech and to manage her other impairments,” The Times wrote. “Her vision is impaired, and her right leg and arm are largely paralyzed.”
May her progress continue.