... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Gabrielle Giffords Flying High in the Menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight

Try to imagine hearing the angry crack and high pitched hiss of a pistol too close to your head.

You hear it because it doesn’t kill you. You are a victim, but one of the lucky ones because unlike six others, including a nine year old girl, your life isn’t completely stolen from you.

The bullet enters your skull and you collapse to the ground. You are here but not here. . .

Initially being submerged into an induced coma, slowly, ever so slowly your condition improves from a critical condition to a serious state. You face unimaginable surgeries; one of them beingcranioplasty, a surgical repair to replace part of your skull which physicians have removed to permit your brain to swell after the gunshot to your head.

After a time, your caretakers and loved ones exhale because you are learning to breathe on your own again.

With months of rehabilitation you eventually face the realisation that you will never be quite the same and concentrate on your recovery as you struggle to regain at least some of yourability to walk, speak, read and write.

So now. . .

Try to imagine marking the three year anniversary of this tragic event by skydiving. . . and landing without injury. For that matter try having the nerve to skydive on any good day.

This is what she has endured and exactly what she did last week and because ofall this, today we shine the Menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight on formerDemocraticmember of theUnited States House of Representatives, Gabrielle Giffords who was shot January 8, 2011 by a lunatic during a constituent meeting in a supermarket parking lot in Tucson, Arizona. Six people died, including littleChristina-Taylor Green.

We celebrate Gabrielle’s fortitude not to succumb; we applaud her determination; we are inspired by her struggle to survive and overcome her tragedy.

We thank her for showing us that with mended wings we can indeed fly.

(You can see videos of Gabrielle’s skydive on youtube)