Gabrielle Giffords Speaks Her request for toast is another encouraging milestone By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 9, 2011 2:18 PM CST 15 comments Comments A March 2010 file photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, File) (Newser) – Another milestone in Gabrielle Giffords' recovery: She's starting to speak for the first time since last month's shooting. As noted first by Politico, she asked for toast with breakfast earlier this week and since then has been speaking "more and more," a spokesman tells AP. “It’s huge and it’s great,” he adds to the Arizona Daily Star. "It’s very big news and we are all very excited.” Husband Mark Kelly said Giffords is eating three times a day and enjoying it, "even though it's hospital food," he wrote in a Facebook post. "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."