Tucson supporters react to Giffords' recovery news

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's been called a "remarkable" and "speedy" recovery.  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is showing more signs of improvement.

Every time we hear from doctors in Houston, it's good news.   And all that good news is bringing smiles to those who know her best in Tucson.

It's been two months since the shooting.  Two months since memorials began lining the lawns of UMC.  Two months since a bullet passed through the congresswoman's brain.

"Most people that get shot in the head don't do this well," said Dr. Friese.

But Gabby Giffords is defying odds.

"The fact that we're hearing that she's meeting these milestones, she's smiling, showing her personality, all these signs are so very good," said Dr. Friese.

Dr. Randall Friese was just one of a team of talented UMC doctors that helped save her life, paving the way for this speedy recovery.

Her staff says they're not surprised by the turn of events in Texas.

"They're pushing her, she's pushing herself, and the result is all these milestones that we're seeing over and over again," said Giffords' Communications Director C.J. Karamargin.

Giffords is walking, even talking.

Her communications director attributes her dramatic recovery to her drive and to the well wishes heading her way from Tucson.

"I'm sure the congresswoman is picking up on these vibes from Houston," said Karamargin.

There's still a long road ahead. 

Up next for Giffords is a possible trip to Cape Canaveral to see her husband Mark Kelly head to space, but UMC doctors and congressional staffers say they can't wait for her return home.

"I'm waiting for that day. I cant wait for that day. I'm sure its going to happen. I have no question it will happen," said Karamargin.

"We cannot wait for the Congresswoman to get back to work to walk through that door," said Karamargin.

All this progress hasn't come easy.

The congresswoman is undergoing daily three-hour rehabilitation sessions.