As a Mass Shooting Survivor, I Know President Obama's Words and Tears Are Real

Not many grown men cry, especially on television. But our president did that, and I am so very proud of him....more
I will never forget that day. Or Ashleigh's grief and courage to recover from her injuries. -Elisamore

The End: My Words in the Tucson Courthouse

Gabrielle Giffords' husband, Commander Kelly, and I ended our statements with the same thought: we are finished with you. It's pretty cool to be on an astronaut's wavelength. That's about the only smile I can find right now. Justice ran its course. The state will not be prosecuting. The shooter will never be free. It's not enough. It's all there is....more
*hugs* I can't even begin to grasp. So powerful your words.more

Rep. Gabby Gifford's Shooter Sentenced--It's Not Enough

Editor's Note: Ashleigh Burroughs was shot three times at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson, Arizona press event in January 2011. She has been writing about the shooting and its aftermath for BlogHer. Below is what she had to say after gunman Jared Loughner's plea bargain in August. Loughner was officially sentenced today; Gabrielle and her husband, Mark Kelly, were there (read Kelly's statement). Ashleigh also spoke in court. We will update if Ashleigh is able to post about it on her blog. --Julie ...more

Jean Knows Cars (and Hats, and Women)

"In thirty years, I have done exactly jack to foster women in this business. My life has not been about being a woman in a man's world, it's been about being as much like a man as possible in this man's world." ...more

Aurora, Tucson, and Me

[Editor's Note: BlogHer Ashleigh Burroughs was shot during the January 2011 shooting at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords media event in Tucson, Arizona. --Grace] I have to write about it. I've tried avoiding it. I've tried minimizing it. I've tried ignoring it. I've tried tuning it out. I've skipped headlines and entire sections of the newspaper. It's not working....more
Beautifully said.  Thank you.more

Gabby Giffords: Doing the Right Thing

Doing the right thing isn't easy. Deciding what the right thing might be is even harder. Add brain trauma to the mix and set it all before a backdrop of the media and Congress, and my head hurts just from lining up all the pieces. Monday morning, I had a chance to see it in action, when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords invited me to finish what we started in Tucson a year ago. It wasn't easy to watch, but I am a better woman for it. She was reconvening Congress on Your Corner just for us. ...more
Gabby really made it on her way to tell everybody about who she is by doing what is right. She ...more

Gabby, Are You Feeling the Love?

I watched, I cried, I hugged and I smiled. Oh, my, did I smile. I knew I liked Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. I suspected she and I had more in common than just that day in Tucson....more
I'm so glad both of you are okay. :)more

Seriously.... You Are Raffling a Glock?

You can read the Huffington Post's take on it, or you can try to find the head of the Republican party in Pima County defending himself on CNN -- for raffling a Glock as a fundraiser. The same type of gun used by the shooter on January 8th in the Safeway parking lot, the same kind of weapon that injured my Congresswoman and killed the 9 year old who was holding my hand. ...more
Thank you for expressing this so much better than I could have expressed it. This is not a ...more

Shot at Tucson: Ashleigh Burroughs on Hospitals, Gabby Giffords & Recovery

Gabby is home with Mark, in his house in Texas, snug as a bug in a rug, I hope. She's surrounded by people who love her and people who will tend to her and her rehab will continue. And continue. And continue. My hip will heal faster than her brain and I am far from finished. Rehab exposed me to a different kind of pain. It's not broken bone pain or nerve damage pain, at least not just those kinds of aches. It's all that and more, because it shouldn't have happened to us and it did and it's wrong and I want it to just go away right now. There's an emotional overlay that a regular hip replacement wouldn't have. I keep telling the world that it is askew ... it's not listening....more

I love that after reading your post, I am not sad. I am not depressed. I am thankful for every ...more

Shot at Tucson: Healing Through Typing

It occurs to me that my best therapists may be unaware of the importance of their role in my life. Since I like to think of myself as a thoughtful person, as one who lets people know when I think that they have been wonderful, this concerns me. Allow me to rectify the situation forthwith: I cannot recover without you, denizens. ...more

Am so happy to hear that you are recovering. Thanks so much for sharing this with ...more