Watching Gabby Giffords’ progress, listening to her, seeing her struggle two years after she was nearly killed at the point of a gun is as heartening as it is tear-inducing. She is paralyzed on her right side (arm and leg) and also has no peripheral vision on the same side. In other words, she’s partially blind now.
As a result of her gunshot wound, Giffords suffers from a condition called aphasia, and that it is “very difficult for her,” said Kelly. Aphasia is an impairment to language-related functions, such as speaking, writing, listening and reading.
She looks a whole lot like her old self, has that old Giffords spunk, but is still unable to communicate the way she used to.
Here are a few of her responses to Dana Bash’s questions:
On how she spends her days: “Occupational therapy, yogurt.” (Mark Kelly, her husband, gently corrects her.) “Yoga, yoga!”
On Jared Loughner: “Beady eyes.” And, “So sad. Mentally ill.”
On her vision: “Not great at all.”
On whether she is ever resentful about what happened to her: “No. No. Move ahead. Move ahead.”
On herself: “Stronger. Stronger, better, tougher. Stronger, better, tougher.”
On her goals: “I want to make the world a better place. I want to make the world a better place.”
She has, she has.