Giffords suited up and went skydiving on the third anniversary of the mass shooting that left a bullet in her head. On January 8, 2011, the Democratic congresswoman was shot by a gunman during a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson. Eighteen others were shot that day, six of them fatally.
Vice President Joe Biden called Giffords just before she boarded the plane. "I tell you what. You've got more spunk, as my mother would say, than the 10 best people I know," he told her.
Giffords took in the natural beauty of the Arizona desert while skydiving in tandem with former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch, her partner from a previous jump in 2009. "Oh, wonderful sky. Gorgeous mountain. Blue skies. I like a lot," she told "Today." "A lot of fun. Peaceful, so peaceful."
Gabby decided to take the jump to celebrate her life and all the milestones she's reached during the last three years.
"Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step," she tweeted. "I'm stronger now. I'm winning back movement in my right arm."
Though she still struggles to find words, she refuses to give up. She wants to reteach herself Spanish, as she used to be fluent. She also wants to learn how to play the French horn again.
Hatch said of Giffords, "I think her spirit is incredible and that you can see it."
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