Friday, January 21, 2011

The Power of Hope...

Thirteen days after being shot in the head during a "Congress on Your Corner" event, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) left the Tucson hospital where she was being treated for a rehabilitation center in Houston. Giffords will now undergo significant rehabilitation, which should take at least 1-2 months.

To think that 13 days ago, there were news bulletins which erroneously reported that Giffords had died from her injuries. In those 13 days, she has continuously surprised doctors, supporters and her family by the progress she has made, considering the extent of her injuries.

Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head will require a great deal of determination, as well as physical and mental strength. And as with most traumatic brain injuries, the true after-effects may not be immediately known.

However, I am staggered by the tremendous strides that Rep. Giffords has made. It is clear that she and her family have truly harnessed the power of hope, which can only strengthen them further as the difficult weeks of rehabilitation progress.

Never underestimate the power of hope.

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