Gabrielle Giffords posts message: "I'm getting better"

In this undated photo provided by ABC, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC's 20/20. The show, featuring the first public interview Giffords has given since she was shot in the head in Tucson last winter, will air Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords posted an audio message to her Facebook page Tuesday in which she told her constituents she is "getting stronger," "getting better" and "want[s] to get back to work."

On January 8, Giffords was shot in the head during a constituent event in Tucson, an attack that left six dead and 12 wounded. She has been undergoing rehabilitation therapy in Houston in the months since.

In her minute-long audio message, which you can hear below, Giffords says "[t]hinking of that day makes me sad."

"It has been a hard year - for all of us," she says, adding, "Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt."

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"There is lot to say," continues the lawmaker. "I will speak better. I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor."

Giffords, who has visited Tucson twice since the attack, said in the message that she misses the city - "the mountains, blue skies, even the heat."

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Technically, Arizona's 8th district has no representation at the moment, since Giffords is on a medical leave of absence. After saying her staff will help constituents with their needs, Giffords says in her audio message, " I miss you, I miss home. I will see you real soon."

Giffords appeared in an ABC News interview with her husband Mark Kelly Monday in which she said she won't return to Congress until she is "better."

Asked if she was angry about what happened, Giffords responded: "No, no, no. Life, life."