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The Big Bang Theory: Look Who Visited Sheldon and Amy

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The Big Bang Theory: Look Who Visited Sheldon and Amy

Originally posted 03/16/2015 02:15PM

Look who got to geek out with Sheldon and Amy?

Retired Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly recently stopped by the set of The Big Bang Theory. The couple were there as fans, not guest stars, and they got to snap a shot with cast members Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) and Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler).

"What an honor and privilege to meet @gabbygiffords on set with @therealjimparsons," Bialik posted on Instagram. "What a woman she is. Wow."

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Hero Wounded in Gabby Giffords Assassination Attempt Dies

Bill Badger, Hero Wounded in Gabby Giffords Assassination Attempt, Dies

Originally posted 03/11/2015 11:30PM

Bill Badger, who was hailed as a hero following the 2011 Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tucson, Arizona, has died.

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Recovering Gabby Giffords: Back on a Bike and Belting Out Show Tunes

Gabby Giffords Says Music Therapy Has Helped Her Recover

Originally posted 02/24/2015 07:00PM

Since Gabby Giffords belted out "Maybe" from Broadway's Annie in a Facebook video that went viral last week, the former congresswoman wants fellow brain-injury patients to know that music has helped her to recover.

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Gabby Giffords Sings 'Maybe' with Music Therapist

Gabby Giffords Sings 'Maybe' with Music Therapist

Originally posted 02/18/2015 02:35PM

Four years after getting shot in the head, Gabby Giffords still struggles to speak – but that hasn't stopped her from singing her heart out!

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Gabrielle Giffords Marks Third Anniversary of Her Shooting by Skydiving

Gabrielle Giffords Marks Third Anniversary of Her Shooting by Skydiving

Originally posted 01/09/2014 11:00AM

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords narrowly escaped death three years ago, and she marked the anniversary in fearless fashion Wednesday: by skydiving.

The Arizona politician's life changed forever on Jan. 8, 2011, when a disturbed local man opened fire during a ceremony outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people died and 13 were wounded, including Giffords, who suffered life-threatening and ultimately life-altering injuries after being shot in the head.

Yet Giffords, 43, intended to send a clear message on Wednesday when she jumped out of a plane in her home state with a Navy SEAL and a parachute strapped to her back – and a big smile on her face. "I'm alive," she told Today's Savannah Guthrie, who covered her bold leap.

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Gabby Giffords to Meet Privately with Sandy Hook Families | Gabrielle Giffords

Gabby Giffords to Meet Privately with Sandy Hook Families

Originally posted 01/04/2013 08:00AM

Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of Congress from Arizona who was gunned down at a Tucson shopping center two years ago – and then courageously fought to recover from her injuries – will meet privately Friday with the families of the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Conn.

The event will be held at a private home and is not open to the public.

Giffords, 42, sharing a Facebook post from her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, after the Dec. 14 school shootings, said that the time was now to begin a national dialogue on strengthening gun control. This week, she and Kelly met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control proponent, on the issue.

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Gabrielle Giffords & Husband Face Her Shooter at Sentencing Hearing

Gabrielle Giffords Shooter Jared Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison

Originally posted 11/08/2012 03:55PM

Jared Loughner, the man who killed six people and wounded 13 – including Gabrielle Giffords – in a 2011 shooting spree outside of a Tuscon, Ariz., grocery store, was sentenced on Thursday to seven consecutive life terms and 140 years in prison without parole.

"Her life has been forever changed ... immeasurably altered," Giffords's husband, retired astronaut, Mark Kelly, said in court on Thursday with his wife by his side. "Every day is a continual struggle to do those things she was once so ... good at."

Giffords suffered a single gunshot wound through the brain. Although news reports at the time initially indicated the shot may have been fatal, the congresswoman survived and underwent surgery at the University Medical Center in Tucson.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said that six of Loughner's life sentences represent the six slain victims, and one represents the attempted assassination of Giffords, according to CNN.

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Gabrielle Giffords's Husband Mark Kelly Pens Children's Book

Mark Kelly Pens Children's Book, Still Focused on Wife Gabrielle Giffords's Recovery

Originally posted 10/09/2012 10:10AM

Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, has written a book – but don't expect it to be about his life.

Instead, Kelly, who flew four shuttle missions and piloted 39 naval combat tours in Operation Desert Storm, has written a children's book with an astronaut mouse as hero, FOX News reports.

Kelly, 48, tells the network he was inspired to write Mousetronaut after taking mice into space for research purposes.

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Gabby Giffords Is Stepping Down from Congress | Gabrielle Giffords

Gabby Giffords Is Stepping Down from Congress

Originally posted 01/22/2012 02:30PM

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who continues her remarkable recovery after surviving a bullet to the brain a year ago, is stepping down from Congress, she announced in a video message Sunday.

"I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice," Giffords, 41, says in the video.

"Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what's best for Arizona I will step down this week."

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Gabrielle Giffords Tells Diane Sawyer How Difficult Rehab Is

Originally posted 11/11/2011 08:45AM



Rep. Gabby Giffords miraculously survived a bullet to the brain in January – the first step in what's been a long recovery.

"It's difficult," a bright-eyed Giffords, 41, tells Diane Sawyer about her rehabilitation in an interview for ABC's 20/20 (around 2:35 in the video).

Giffords's husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, took hours of home video footage documenting her recovery, for better or worse.

The couple have also written a memoir, Gabby: A Story of Hope and Courage, which was excerpted exclusively in this week's PEOPLE, about her fight for survival.

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