Giffords' close friend describes her recovery

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PHOENIX -- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' close friend, fellow Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, says Giffords continues to make major progress in her recovery.

Wasserman-Schultz spoke to 3TV while in Arizona recently for a Democratic Party event. She's the current Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

"A month ago when I was there, she hunted for words more, but now she doesn't hunt for words. The words she wanted to say, she said," said Wasserman-Schultz of her most recent visit with Giffords.

"I don't think there's been any talk of plateau or a slowdown of progress," she continued. "She still continues to make steady process and improves."

Wasserman-Schultz says she's been able to visit Giffords about once a month since the shootings last January.

"Really, her life is consumed by physical and occupational and speech therapy. It's a full-time job to go from where she was, to where she is now, to where she wants to be."

Giffords and her husband have indicated that they will make a decision about her future in Congress by May. Wasserman-Schultz says she isn't putting any pressure on them.

"I'm not in the least bit worried about it," she said. "It's Gabby's decision to make with Mark and her family. I know her constituents are supportive of her getting better, which is what she's doing. She deserves the time they've given her to recover from what was a terrible injury."