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Gabrielle Giffords Speaks Of Remarkable Recovery

11/15/2011 09:07 PM ET

Gabrielle Giffords - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) gave her first television interview since being shot. She continues to make a remarkable road to recovery.

Months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona in January, Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, sat down with Diane Sawyer to talk the difficult rehabilitation process for brain injuries, and life both before and after the incident.

Giffords was wearing a yellow top with gold buttons and dark eyeglasses. Her brown hair has grown out since it was shaved in May for surgery to repair her skull.

When Sawyer asked how she felt, Giffords said, “Pretty good.” She also said her recovery was “difficult.”

Giffords and Kelly have also co-written book, titled “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope,” set for release this Tuesday. In an advance look at the work, the Associated Press reported earlier this month that Giffords has vowed a political comeback.

“I will get stronger. I will return,” she writes.

But in a recent profile of Giffords in New York Magazine, it becomes clear that the story of the congresswoman’s recovery is complex and at times painfully frustrating.

But behind the cameras, the picture was more complicated. Giffords’s return to Congress was a one-off; she wasn’t yet ready for sustained social give-and-take. Even as the November 15 release date of the book approached, she was still struggling with her recovery. No doubt she has good days and bad days. In October, a friend spoke to her by phone. The meaning of the conversation was clear — Giffords was trying to explain that she was getting better. But it was expressed in a kind of shorthand: “Boo better,” she said at one point.

The full “Gabby and Mark: Courage and Hope” interview will air Monday night at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on ABC.

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