Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has revealed she has regained movement in her right arm.
“This past year, I have achieved something big that I’ve not spoken of until now. Countless hours of physical therapy — and the talents of the medical community — have brought me new movement in my right arm,” Giffords wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times Wednesday.
The announcement comes three years after the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left Giffords and 12 others wounded. Six people died. Giffords resigned from Congress in 2012.
The former congresswoman tweeted about her physical recovery on Wednesday and remembered those who were killed.
Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I'm stronger now. I'm winning back movement in my right arm.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2014
She is marking the anniversary by skydiving.
I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. pic.twitter.com/7XlTiyQRfO— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2014
NBC’s “Today” show will air a story about Giffords’s leap on Thursday.
Southern Arizona will look beautiful & peaceful from the top of the sky.— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) January 8, 2014
Last year, Giffords launched pro-gun control political action committee, Americans for Responsible Solutions, with her husband Mark Kelly.