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14th November
2011
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First she survived the worst year for Democrats in Congress since 1938 by winning re-election.  Weeks later, she survived being shot in the head at point blank range by a raving madman.

Now she demonstrates a strength of will that is nothing short of a miracle.

Gabby Giffords’ survival is amazing.  It is proof that she has much more to accomplish on this earth.

As I read the cover story of this week’s People magazine and then watched the Diane Sawyer special, I realized that we really never know what our life holds in store.  In Gabby’s case, it is incredible adversity and showing the true grit to overcome that adversity.

I’ll never forget that fateful Saturday morning.  I had just landed in Phoenix and was walking up the sidewalk to the PF Changs at Norterra Shoppes for an early lunch with my kids.  I got a text from a friend that simply read “Urgent. Call me.”

I called and my mouth dropped in shock in hearing the news that Congresswoman Giffords had been shot.

Now, ten months later, to see her, and to hear her, is inspiring.  Her love of life, her love of her husband Mark, her complete strength in the face of the worst of adversity demonstrates absolute courage.  She is a survivor.

We don’t know whether she will run for Congress again.  In the end, it doesn’t matter.  She has left an indelible mark on this world that a mere Member of Congress could only dream of.

Stay strong, Gabby. We’re praying for you, cheering for you and, most of all, forever grateful for the inspiration and miracle that you are to all of us.

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1 Comment

  1. Darden
    07/03/2012

    Nice piece, Sean.

    I had the plesure of serving in the AZ legislature with Gabby when she was a freshman representitive there. She had good ideas and was one of the few Dems in the legislature that actually understood how to start and grow a business. I was able to assist her to get one of her first bills through the Senate, despite that she was from the opposite side of the aisle – after all, a good idea for the state is still a good idea no matter who brings it to the table.

    After her bill was signed by the governor, she sent me a nice handwritten note thanking me for my assistance and calling me “my hero”. I still have that note. It is one of my nicest memories of my time in the Senate. It was the only time I got a handwritten thank you note from another legislator.

    She is an inspiration for us all, and I hope to see her active in the political world again, soon.

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