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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Recounts Life with Diabetes

She was seven years old, a young girl in the Bronx, when she suddenly started wetting her bed, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recounted recently. All day long, she was felt parched."I was ashamed," the 56-year-old justice said, as she related how she came to learn that she has diabetes. The audience for the unusually personal glimpse at a justice's life was children who are diabetics, like Sotomayor. And the reason she met with them Tuesday in a Washington ballroom was to assure them that their common affliction is no bar to doing anything they want."It's a disease you have to deal with , but you can," she said, as she sat in an armchair with 150 children seated in a semicircle on the carpet in front of her.Sotomayor said she has the job of her dreams and that coping with it has become second nature. She injects herself with insulin four to six times a day, including often before she takes the bench with her colleagues to hear arguments in Supreme Court cases.Sotomayor's conditi...

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