In the exchange, ABC World News’s Diane Sawyer asked Giffords: “How do you feel?”
“Pretty good,” she replied.
“Is it painful?” Sawyer asked.
“It’s difficult. Difficult,” responded Giffords.
After undergoing a successful surgery on May 18 to replace a portion of her skull, she explained that she had had to learn simple things like smiling or nodding over the months.
Gabrielle, 41, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, recount the last 10 months of Giffords’ recovery.
The couple also penned a memoir, Gabby: A Story of Hope and Courage, that will hit bookstore shelves on Tuesday.
“Gabrielle Giffords is too tough to let this beat her,” Kelly told Sawyer during the interview.
“I think Gabby’s got a message now that exceeds the political one,” her mother, Gloria Giffords, added.
In the interview, Giffords also discusses what she remembers about the shooting and if she thinks she’ll run for Congress again.
Giffords was shot point blank in January by disturbed gunman Jared Loughner, who has been charged in the shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 12.
The interview is set to air Monday, November 14, and it shows exclusive video clips taken during the 10-month period of rehabilitation.