An important milestone for both Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will be reached this week, as it was announced that Giffords plans on attending her husband’s shuttle launch on Friday.
Giffords, who is still in recovery after being shot at a constituent outreach event last January, is still undergoing extensive physical therapy. That she is able to attend is a testamony to how quickly she has healed from the near fatal event.
Giffords has not been seen publicly since the shooting and has spent the last three months relearning how to speak, walk and take care of herself. She has been singing – as part of musical therapy – asking for her favorite foods and visiting with family, friends, and her rabbi.
Kelly returned to training for the shuttle launch in February after taking time off to be at his wife’s hospital bedside.
Also attending the launch will be President Obama and his family. Obama recently wrote a tribute to Giffords as part of the annual “Time’s 100″ issue celebrating the most influential people in the world.
Although Giffords may be ready for her first public event, is she really ready to start campaigning again? Some are still pushing her as the only viable Democratic candidate to run for the open senate seat now that Jon Kyl announced he will not run for reelection. Giffords currently can only speak in simple sentences and will be in a wheelchair for at least another three months, making speculation on a senate bid extremely premature.