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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 5 other profiles in perseverance

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has moved from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital to the next phase of her recovery: rehabilitation. The Arizona Democrat has already shown signs of affection, determination, and appreciation for public support as she embarks on the comeback trail after being shot in the head two weeks ago. It's a difficult road, but one that others in the public eye have also walked. Here's a look at Giffords and five other profiles in perseverance. It can't claim to be a "Top 5" list, but the people exemplify grace and courage in the face of extreme adversity.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords before the shooting.
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1. Gabrielle Giffords

Since she was shot on Jan. 8, Giffords story has captivated the nation as a tale of tragedy, but it also has evolved at least somewhat into a tale of triumph. Doctors say a full recovery from the shooting, which occurred during a public appearance in Arizona, is still months away. She appears to be attempting to mouth words, and has stood up with help, they say.

Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, said this week that his wife "is a fighter like nobody else that I know," and predicted that she would be able to walk back into the Tucson University Medical Center within two months. He said Giffords has gently patted his face.

She has "great rehabilitation potential," said Dr. Gerardo Francisco, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann, the Houston hospital that's slated to care for her next.

In the past, Giffords has characterized herself as a "tougher than nails" fighter.

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