Gabrielle Giffords announced her intent to resign from Congress later this week. I’ve followed her recovery process since the tragic day when she was critically wounded and left for dead. Giffords was the target of a mentally ill individual who opened fire at an event the Congresswoman was speaking at. Six people lost their lives and more were wounded. Giffords faced a long road to recovery, the doctors not knowing how she would or if she would recover. I have never seen a more passionate person about their job than Gabby. She had a true passion for serving the people of Arizona and wanting to make it the best possible place that it can be.
I applaud her decision to resign and focus on her recovery. She is clearly putting the people of Arizona above herself. She understands that focusing on her recovery is the most important thing she can do not only for herself but for the people of Arizona. She was elected to be their voice and she understands that since she is unable to actively fulfill her duties, it’s important that she steps down. 20/20 did a story on Gabby that chronicled her journey to recovery and it’s truly inspiring. For Gabby to go from barely alive to where she is at today is truly a miracle.
The strength she has to be so positive and try and always look on the bright side is an inspiration. I could not make it through the story without feeling a sense of hope for Gabby. She has the right attitude and a never ending support system which I believe will help her make a full recovery. I have hopes that we will someday see her again in Congress, doing what she loves and that is representing the people with so much passion and dedication.
A Message from Gabby – Resignation Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAetv47b-Eg&feature=g-logo&context=G20154e4FOAAAAAAABAA
“Courage and Hope” 20/20 Interview http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55153303/gabby-giffords–mark-kelly-courage-and-hope