Better, stronger, tougher: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly at TED 2014

Joseph Pellerito Jr.:

A brave woman. A devoted husband. And the result of dedicated therapists who helped Mrs. Giffords rebuild her life through passionate and effective physical medicine and rehabilitation!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

In January 2011, US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in an attack on her entourage at a constituent meeting near Tucson. Six people died and thirteen others were injured. She survived, and her recovery has been a remarkable story. At TED2014 she took the stage with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, for a Q&A with the head of the Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell. Giffords suffered from aphasia as part of her injury, and speaking is still difficult, so her answers were short, and much of the speaking was done by Kelly. This is an edited set of highlights from that Q&A.

Pat Mitchell: Has your recovery been an effort to create a new Gabby Giffords or reclaim the old?

Gabby Giffords: A new one, better, stronger, tougher.

What’s the hardest part of the recovery?

GG: Communication, really hard.

MK: Yeah, she has aphasia…

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8 thoughts on “Better, stronger, tougher: Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly at TED 2014”

  1. It’s very crazy how much we take for granted on a day to day basis, and how a persons life can change in such a short period of time. this is truly an amazing and inspiring woman who still has more to over come with the help of OT, speech paths and the support of family and friends.


  2. It’s truly amazing how much we take for granted and how some ones life can change in such a short time. there will always be obstacles to over come through out life but for most of us nothing this serious. this is truly an inspiring story and an incredible woman.


  3. I remember when I heard about this my heart dropped. I remember seeing a snip on TV surrounding her recovery a couple of years ago, before I started the Occupational Therapy program at WMU, and was inspired to be the best therapist I could be for someone. I find her journey to be moving and inspiring. Her recovery shows how important it is to practice in a holistic, interprofessional role. She mentions receiving speech therapy and how that has gotten her to the point she is now. Think of the power of speech therapy combined with OT, PT, social work, recreational therapy. This would be like having a total support team on your side routing for your success! Overall, very inspiring and motivating!


  4. This story is so inspiring. I love how positive she is/has been throughout such a difficult time in her life. I cannot imagine going through something like this and having such a great sense of humor and positive outlook on her future. She can be used as a role model for how to overcome unexpected obstacles.


  5. This is such an inspiration. I love Griffords sense of humor and how she says that she wants to relearn spanish! This is a great talk that I’m positive provides encouragement and inspiration to many people challenged with aphasia.


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