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) -- Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is speaking "more and more," the congresswoman's spokesman said Wednesday, only one month after the legislator was shot in the head.

Giffords' speech is improving, spokesman C.J. Karamargin told CBS, saying that the congresswoman recently asked for toast for breakfast.

Giffords is speaking "more and more."

"The reports of congresswoman Giffords improving in all areas are true. She has a daily rigorous therapy schedule that includes a lot of work on her speech capacity," an earlier statement from Giffords office said. "She is working really hard and its paying off."

Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced last week that he will board the space shuttle Endeavour on April 19 to join a two-week mission to the International Space Station.

On Tuesday, one of Giffords' doctors said that he hopes she will be able to see the launch in person and that they are using it as a goal for her to work towards.

As the date approaches Dr. Gerard Francisco said that he and Giffords' doctors will decide whether she will be able to attend the launch. He said they will discuss how much assistance she would need to fly to Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Kelly said that he expects his wife to be well enough by that time to see him off.

"The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury, but they aren't kidding when they say this is a marathon process," Kelly said in a Facebook post Tuesday. "There are encouraging signs every day, though."

Giffords was shot on Jan. 8 in a shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

U.S. District Judge John Roll, a congressional aide, a 9-year-old girl, and three others were killed in the shooting, while thirteen were injured.

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