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Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope Now In Paperback With A Bonus New Chapter, The New York Times Bestseller By Gabrielle Giffords And Her Husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly An Incredibly Inspiring Story Of Adventure, Service, Love, And Overcoming Tragedy Gabrielle Giffords And Mark Kelly S Story Is A Reminder Of The Power Of True Grit, The Patience Needed To Navigate Unimaginable Obstacles, And The Transcendence Of Love Their Arrival In The World Spotlight Came Under The Worst Of Circumstances On January 8, 2011, While Meeting With Her Constituents In Tucson, Arizona, Gabby Was The Victim Of An Assassination Attempt That Left Six People Dead And Thirteen Wounded Gabby Was Shot In The Head Doctors Called Her Survival Miraculous As The Nation Grieved And Sought To Understand The Attack, Gabby Remained In Private, Focused On Her Againstall Odds Recovery Intimate, Inspiring, And Unforgettably Moving, Gabby Provides An Unflinching Look At The Overwhelming Challenges Of Brain Injury, The Painstaking Process Of Learning To Communicate Again, And The Responsibilities That Fall To A Loving Spouse Who Wants The Best Possible Treatment For His Wife Told In Mark S Voice And From Gabby S Heart, The Book Also Chronicles The Lives That Brought These Two Extraordinary People Together Their Humor, Their Ambitions, Their Sense Of Duty, Their Longdistance Marriage, And Their Desire For Family A New, Moving Final Chapter Brings Gabby S Story Up To Date, Including The State Of Her Health And Her Announcement That She Would Leave The House Of Representatives.


10 thoughts on “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

  1. says:

    I have so many reactions to this book, many of which are based in personal experiences.First, let me state that I vote in Tucson Giffords is my representative I rarely get involved in politics, as I m so often out of the US, but I happened to be in Tucson for the 2010 election and did some GOTV work on her behalf.The tension in Tucson before the election was extremely high, and I felt nervous around some of those supporting the tea party candidate opposing her They were loud and threatening The local signs put up by the opposition were extremely vicious as well as misleading One sign, designed to terrify the seniors, advertised that she voted to cut the budget of Medicare It s true, she did make that vote but the tea party candidate Jesse Kelly, who rather awkwardly has the same last name as Giffords husband wanted to abolish it altogether So the shooting was not a surprise, really Yes, the shooter is mentally deranged why on earth was he allowed to have a gun would we allow a baby to drive but I sensed that we were on the brink of violence.After the election I returned to Europe where I live...


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    pg 89 I also think back to the time, after my second space flight, in 2006, when Gabby and I got to have lunch with the legendary British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who is paralyzed due to a form of Lou Gehrig s disease It takes him an excruciatingly long time to say anything, and I pretty much gave up on conversing with him beyond a few pleasantries But Gabby was just incredible She intuitively knew what to do After my failed attempt at interacting with Dr Hawking, she kneeled down in front of his wheelchair and said, Dr Hawking, how are you today She then stared into his eyes and waited As far as she was concerned there was no one else in the crowded room She waited silently and patiently Using a device that tracks the motion of a single facial muscle, he took at least ten minutes to compose and utter the phrase I m fine How are you Gabby...


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    I finally understand why I took so long to finish this book HOPE Something that is in short supply of during these times and I found that Gabrielle Gifford s most challenging moment offers hope to the rest of us The gunshot wound that she received to her head would have killed most people, but she fought, her husband fought, her parents fought and every one of her loved ones fought This is a person that is loved and because of that love, we saw a miracle happen.On January 8, 2011, while in Tucson at a Congress on Your Corner event Gabrielle Gifford s was shot at point blank range The book does not give much time, less than a paragraph along the lines of three sentences, to the person who pulled the trigger The effort of this book does not dwell on the evil, it concentrates on the positive That with determination and patience and top notch medical care a devastating brain injury did not end the life of a promising and beloved woman.We may not all know the story of her husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly and Gabby, but through this book we get to see the man ...


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    I was suprised by this book I expected the usual sugar coated we went through hell, but all is rosy, sort of, book It was not such It was a brave, honest, many times painful, but ultimately trandescendant, factual recounting I was also surprised by the depth of layers in this book You get to learn details about NASA Management seems as bad there as everywhere You get to learn what you have to do to command, launch, dock in space and return the shuttle with a pluperfect score You get to hear what it feels like looking down on earth, when your wife is having brain surgery because an untreated mentally ill person shot her in the head from three feet away You are informed that the Gifford Kellys feel he should have had better access to mental health care You get to learn stuff you should have known but didn t, about traumatic brain injury You are educated that as tragic as Gabby s situation is, many people are far worse...


  5. says:

    After Gabby Giffords was shot in an incident that left others killed and her gravely injured, I was curious about her I had heard of her husband, Mark Kelly the astronaut, but was unfamiliar with Congresswoman Giffords I picked this up on impulse from the library in order to learn This book is a celebration of her life, including photos from infancy to present day There are numerous details about her relationship with Mark from their meeting, to wedding, to his help with her recovery The last third of the book focuses on her recovery from the gunshot wound to the head and Kelly s last space mission This is a celebration of her life and their marriage, so deeper exploration into her politics and the man events surrounding her injuries are absent Most of the problems I had with this book are personal and come from a cynical place Is this couple really that perfect Didn t Mark ever get angry or frustrated at the situation Di...


  6. says:

    in the end i suppose i m glad that i read this, but as a tucsonan it was a very difficult read emotionally i was thankful for the last chapter done in gabby s own voice, and that she still has hope the main criticism i ve heard about this book was that it was too much about mark kelly but i m unclear how it could be otherwise it wasn t billed as a biography true there is a lot in the book about NASA and kelly s last s...


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    It s unfortunate that I never gave much attention to either of these individuals before tragedy hit Like most, I ve been following Gabby s improvement in the news, most recently with the 20 20 interview The book reveals that the backstory given in the interview was only a small sampling of what their life has been like this year Quick verdict I highly recommend this book Her amazing struggle to recover from being shot in the head THE HEAD is book worthy, but I also find the level of commitment Mark has to his wife to be almost compelling Many of us say the pledge about sticking around through sickness and health, but this book represents a clear, oftentimes stark and oftentimes funny illustration of what that really entails The details I don t know whose decision it was, but the choice to bounce back and forth between Gabby s recovery and their childhood, entry into public service, marriage, etc was a good one It helps sustain interest while we get the opportunity to learn about them than just the shooting and its aftermath I think this also helps with the fact thatwellM...


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    When I was reading about Gabby s rehab, I thought of people in my life who hadn t gotten an adequate rehab and had lost their mobility as a result The issue goes well beyond the brain injured Anyone who spends enough time confined to a hospital bed needs rehab afterward I m sure Gabrielle Gifford is determined to help other brain injured people who don t have her coverage, but what about the 99% who need rehab, and aren t brain injured I actually do have a friend with a brain injury which happened due to anoxia during a difficult childbirth The hospital denied that she d been brain injured and didn t give her rehab, so she had to recover slowly all on her own Not only did she manage to do this, she also managed to raise her son She s still not 100% nineteen years later She s very dyslexic in written communication Occasionally, she won t be able to remember a word or she ll stutter But my friend is an amazing person Who knows how much she d have been able to accomplish if...


  9. says:

    I won this from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway I have to say, I am so happy I did.This was an emotional book.I, like many others, hadn t heard of Gabrielle Giffords until January 8, 2011 Since the shooting that day in Arizona, I have been following her story very closely That is why I was happy to receive this book.The book is written by Gabby s husband, Mark Kelly, with help from Jeffrey Zaslow He tells the story from his point of view, which is interesting and emotional at times The book covers than just the day of the shooting and Gabby s recovery afterward Kelly recounts both his and her childhoods, her political career and even his career as a pilot for both the Navy and NASA Gabrielle, while giving the okay to everything in the book, didn t contribute to the writing except for the end chapter This is, obviously, because it was written during her recovery.I liked hearing the story from Kelly It gave it a very personal touch and really brought you into what happened Kelly has a very interesting writi...


  10. says:

    This was truly an amazing and inspiring story Gabrielle Giffords was a Congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head while doing a public event in her district on January 8, 2011 Six people also at the event died, and 19 others were also seriously wounded This is her story and that of her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly It shares their lives before the event and what has happened since.I have always been intrigued by Gabby Giffords She had her traumatic brain injury just a week before Ray s stroke last year In a way, I have always felt a bit of a parallel between my family and hers While Ray s stroke did not leave him with as much of a recovery as hers, I could and cannot help but be inspired by the positive outlook and hard work effort both Gabby and Mark have put forth since that difficult day Gabby is still on her road to recovery, but hearing how she and her husband continue to work so hard to overcome what happened is a great example of what love and persistence can accomplished One of the horrible irony s of what happened is that Giffords was a centrist Democrat who often looked across the aisle for compromised, but she was still targeted by someone, who was quite sick, because of political difference In a way justice prevailed, because that man, who is never named in the book ultimately failed While our political system continues to be divided by harsh rhetoric and an inability for the Republicans and Democrats to come together for the countr...


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