Type 1 diabetic nominated to Supreme Court!

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2009-06-10 08:46:07 -0500
Started 2009-05-26 15:36:36 -0500

Most of us diabetics are very excited about Sonia Sotomayor's nomination:


— But the mainstream media is still talking about her diabetes potentially being a handicap:


What do you all think?

46 replies

roger 2009-06-10 08:46:07 -0500 Report

just came to me. the UAW, the teamsters, teacher union , and all other types of groups come out and put their support behind a nomination! should diabetic connect? sounds like a plane to me. how about that amy?

Blue Eyes
Blue Eyes 2009-06-03 14:37:14 -0500 Report

What a blessing that Sonia Sotomajor has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Perhaps now the media will learn something about Diabetes and share it with our public, who are in many ways misinfromed about this condition (I will NOT call it a disease). Under no circumstances it it a "handicapp". I was diagnosed at the age of seven and recently celebrated my 67th birthday. I have had no complications and live a very active, full, fun life full of adventure. Senora Sotomayor will make an excellent Supreme Court Judge…and others will learn.

Rich Morris
Rich Morris 2009-05-31 22:47:44 -0500 Report

The only people that identify diabetes as a handicap and ignorant stupid people. Maybe 30 years ago it was handicap but there have been so many advances in diabetic medication and treatment that diabetes is no more a handicap then Asthma. My father is 82 and has had type 1 diabetes as long as I can remember and has barely been sick a day in his life. He was chopping cords of wood by hand in his 70's. Doctors say he will live way into his 90's. Never been handicapped a day in his life. Still drives and hasn't had a accident in over 40 years.

Sonia Sotomayor is by far the best choice for a Justice then anyone that has been put up for nomination in 50 years. She has far more judicial experience then the current Justices. The only people handicapped are the ones that think diabetes will end your life sooner or that feel diabetes is a handicap!

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-05-31 09:27:54 -0500 Report

So, she is a diabetic. To the rest of the world, so what?
She has proven innumerable times she is on top of it. The decision should now go to 'is she qualified'? Personally, I am still researching on that one.

DaveJ 2009-05-31 11:20:38 -0500 Report

I personally think it is great that any minority can aspire to greatness. She was trying to say that she has walked in the person's shoes that she is trying to judge. As about 1 in 4 people seem to be afflicted with diabetes, it wouldn't make sense to use this as a disqualifier. But there is this, how much does diabetes affect her judgment when her sugars are off? Hopefully the answer is going to be that it won't. I have been around people that judgment can be impaired. It is something she needs to take precautions by keeping a tight control over her condition.

Starshine63 2009-05-31 06:21:03 -0500 Report

Thinking that she should not hold office because of her being a DIABETIC is like telling the rest of us to give up hope on the saying… BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE…
Lighten up this is 2009.She should get to be in office based on her Merits… We've come along way Baby in the health fields with helping Diabetics among others with other type of illnesses.. Tonya… From New York

majeral 2009-05-30 22:08:30 -0500 Report

If "they" want to stop people with Diabetes then they have to stop anyone with a heart problem that has had a bipass or Kidney, Liver, I mean the list can go on forever. I think al lthe people in that office would be taking care of themselves. What about the "recreational drug" user . If their Doctor says they are fit then so be it. Any one can die on the job. Any one can stop taking meds for any reason. This is just plain silly In this day an age.Time to move on people

TonyB - 48961
TonyB - 48961 2009-05-30 20:53:35 -0500 Report

NOt only do I have insulin dependant diabetes, I have paranoid schizophrenia, depression, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and a non cancerous brain cyst which may have come about becuase my mean dad beat me too hard as a kid.

Char - 14852
Char - 14852 2009-05-30 18:19:31 -0500 Report

That is crazy thinking as far as I am concerned because if we take care of ourselves than nothing should stop us from anything..I know that it doesn't me!

Celia - 38478
Celia - 38478 2009-05-30 12:19:43 -0500 Report

If she can do the job what does it matter if she is diabetic? If your diabetic you can't be a teacher, mother, father, doctor, nurse, attorney, police officer or … Come on that shouldn't be a factor. That is just wrong. This makes me grrrrrrrrrrr.

Linda O
Linda O 2009-05-30 14:26:24 -0500 Report

I've had T1 for 50 years since I was 3. I could do a lot of things growing up until a few years ago. I cannot feel low blood sugars. Just shopping in 2 different store I went into a low blood sugar and broke my ankle when I fell. How is she going to rule if she had a low blood sugar and does not know it. Diabetes affects people differntly peoples bodies & chemistry is not the same. So what is good for one may not be the same for another.

LindaJoyAdams 2009-05-30 11:18:08 -0500 Report

That would be obvious discrimiantion to deny her a job because of a handicap. Obviously, whe has worked and done quite we.. she seem to have the legal intellect to unravel a lot of legal snafus that have been created by judges over the last several deacdes. Maybe she has the knowledge and savy to get us on a new legal path to a better world. I think she will be confirmed. Do I have concerns? Of course. I pray for those in leadrship that they are guided to make humane and just decisions , Linda Joy Adams

G Thomas
G Thomas 2009-05-30 11:00:55 -0500 Report

This is just another issue with the higher ups to stop women and those that they fill are not of the elite from becoming one of them. This is still a free country and people can express thier opions. I am not saying she spoke correctly. I am just saying if she is qualified and wont take on making judgements according to race instead of law then she is no worst than those already present. However, nowaday there are very few in any field that are still true blue to the American ways of life and law.

Florian 2009-05-30 10:53:36 -0500 Report

I think that if she can demonstrate that she has excellent control over her diabetes she should be able to serve on the Supreme Court. Maybe the same rules and regulations should apply that commercial airline pilots in Canada with T1 have to follow and observe.
Its not diabetes that should be in question but how does she manage her blood sugars?

As a T1 how many hypoglycemic reactions have you had and have you ever done anything in a low blood sugar condition that you wouldn't have done if your blood sugar was normal???

How about casting a vote on a critical issue when you were LOW?

DaveTheCompGuy 2009-05-30 22:33:04 -0500 Report

Interesting. Should there be BS testing when you vote? Maybe your car should have a meter built in - too low, no go.

The laws are made by a group that thinks the two-martini lunch is a minimum. And how many congressmen and senators have diabetes?

It's a ridiculous argument. At some point you have to give the person some credit for taking after themselves.

RaleTrail 2009-05-31 11:41:46 -0500 Report

As a diabetic for 55 years…I have had many insulin reactions. I'm a Joslin Clinic patient, and have been taught to keep very tight control. I have been unconscious. I test often, and sometimes get just disgusted when going through a bout of reactions.

RaleTrail 2009-05-31 11:53:12 -0500 Report

As far as the judge appointment goes..if she feels comfortable doing it..OK. Being a diabetic should not hold her back. However, I could never acccept the role because I know myself, and being prone to insulin reactions…no way.

thomas kosky
thomas kosky 2009-05-30 10:38:25 -0500 Report

sonia sotomayor should not be appointed to the supreme court.diabetes should not be a factor in whether she sits or not.there are many other reasons for her not to be appointed.

GabbyPA 2009-05-30 15:38:51 -0500 Report

I agree whole heartedly. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to "prove" that diabetics can do things, we forget to look and see if that diabetic is best for the job. I personally do not think she is. I would hate to see her use her "sympathy" card to get in because of her diabetes. There is nothing she can do "for" diabetics, she would not be a representative of the people, but of the law. And from what I have heard her say, I sure don't want her representing her "understanding" of our Constitution.

Little Mac
Little Mac 2009-05-30 19:10:10 -0500 Report

Using your "Health Card" to get a job is out. You should get the job on your own merits. I do not want to see her in office I think in the long run with her views she will hurt us.

DaveTheCompGuy 2009-05-30 22:29:59 -0500 Report

From the coverage I've seen, she didn't play a 'health card', one was played against her. Some of the pundits have cited her diabetes as a reason she shouldn't be confirmed. It's lame. Let's hear about serious, real reasons. When they go for cheap shots like that, I have to think that they don't have anything else.

Dancehawk 2009-05-30 10:30:20 -0500 Report

This is awsome news, hopefully through her ones will see we can do things.
It gives everyone more hope.


Phillip - 29267
Phillip - 29267 2009-05-30 10:39:06 -0500 Report

SO WHAT !! We are all diabetic of one type or another. Think about her RECORD… She is a RACIST, she is against the 2nd Amendment, do you think she will follow the Constitution as a STANDING DOCUMENT, I doubt it. If she votes against the 2nd Amendment so go the rest of them. Racism has NO PLACE in out government. We don't need her. She is NOT SPECIAL.

Aggi 2009-05-30 10:23:01 -0500 Report

That is discrimination. How about the countless others who have some kind illness and hold public office, have these people been told that they may be unfit to do their jobs?

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-05-30 10:17:37 -0500 Report

NPR, the other day, revealed her schedule the day her nomination was announced. She was up until 3 am, and after a automobile trip to DC, a short night in s "convention hotel," she was up the next day to face the cameras with her the President. She HAS to be in good physical shape to maintain that schedule for 48 hours. Life expectancy being shortened because of diabetes? She'll probably outlive all of us.

I have other opinions on the line of her speeches that are quoted out of context but will keep them for the cocktail hour. My mouth has been known to misspeak upon occassion, too.

Hcampbell64 2009-05-30 10:13:14 -0500 Report

I don't like her attitude that Latina women make better decisions than white men. I think that remark was uncalled for. I do, however, hope that she can bring a different perspective about Diabetes to our country and inspire others with the same condition to succeed.

Ashalka 2009-05-30 13:49:44 -0500 Report

that's not what she said, but anyway her diabetes should not be held against her. She has been doing just fine for the last 17 years without a problem

DaveTheCompGuy 2009-05-28 20:28:51 -0500 Report

It's incredible to me that her diabetes is even up for discussion. First of all, aren't health records private? How many of the justices drink? Smoke? Aren't those bigger concerns?

People are saying her life expectancy is lowered because she's diabetic. Yeah, no kidding. But the same goes for any number of the other justices. Most are elderly, but we're not getting rid of them, are we?

lipsie 2009-05-28 03:20:16 -0500 Report

This is great to hear, though… I worry as John said…you teach you children they can get thru these things and this stupid crap comes up and bashes it all, OR at least TRIES!!! ulgh Thanks Amy for all the updates, I have not been keeping up with news at all lately, heck we could be at war and I am oblivious to it, nahhh not that bad but still thanks! Sheila

Turtle 2009-05-27 20:30:52 -0500 Report

I think this is so outstanding. I was hoping they would not let her diabetes stand in the way. She was obviously doing such a great job in the other court room.

Judimar 2009-05-27 02:17:53 -0500 Report

I hope they stop concentrating so much on her being a type 1 diabetic and pay more attention to issues more directly inherent to whether or not she will make a good supreme court justice such as prior rulings and such. Her health issues have no bearing on this in my eyes at least and shouldn't be even considered when deciding whether or not she should preside over the highest court in our land.

JamesNY 2009-05-31 20:32:54 -0500 Report

I think that is that is the greatest news we ( Type 1 Diabetics) have ever heard. First of all, now 36 million Diabetics have some one who understands the problems and limitations that we have in obtaining and maintaining a job because we have Type 1 Diabetes. Second, we have way to many old Men in the Supreme Court and not enough Women in the Supreme Court who would represent most of the people in the USA.
I believe we will finally have decisions made now for all of the people and not for the " Hand selected few " who happen to be white, old and republican in nature.
Hurray for the rest of us, finally a true representative of the people.


Anonymous 2009-05-26 20:06:08 -0500 Report

I bet this Type 1 doesn't have any problem getting her supplies like alot of us do!!

kdroberts 2009-05-27 06:20:17 -0500 Report

I would take that bet. I doubt she is in any better position than any other person in the country who has worked hard at their profession and got to a certain earning capacity. She still has insurance to deal with and it's not this all encompassing, no cost, magic plan where you click your fingers and you get what you want that people seem to think federal employees get.

On another note I think John made a good point. I certainly don't see my diabetes as an obstacle that stops me doing things and I would tell any diabetic that. Maybe it makes certain things a little more tricky to do but not impossible. I don't recall the media saying that Gary Hall Jr shouldn't have gone to the Olympics or other competition swims because of the risks. Or that Jay Cutler shouldn't play football. Or any other diabetic in any other job anywhere in the world shouldn't be doing their job because of the risk of complications. It just seems that since it's politics and since it's an early major decision for Obama people want to find fault with it and pick it to death regardless of the message it sends to all the diabetics out there. Essentially they are telling us that they don't think we're good enough to do certain things, even if we are qualified to do them.

lipsie 2009-05-28 03:17:00 -0500 Report

kroberts, you ALWAYS have the "Perfect words of knowledge, truth, and just plainly like it is!! Thank you! Love yass Sheila

cyncyn 2009-05-26 16:07:02 -0500 Report

John is right! If your bs is in control, there is nothing you can't do. I worked with many diabetics, T1 and T2, and they did the same work as I did, Many co-workers were unaware of their condition. So having T1 or T2(and having it controlled) should never hold you back!!!!

2009-05-26 15:53:16 -0500 Report

I think this is GREAT!!!! Just because someone is diabetic doesn't mean they can't function. There are many, many people out there who work, live, and function in society, and do it well. Also, alot of their co-workers probably aren't even aware of the fact that they have diabeties.

Goddess 2009-05-26 15:45:14 -0500 Report

I don't think it should matter wheter or not she is a diabetic or not. You could almost call that discrimination.

2009-05-26 15:54:06 -0500 Report

Goddess, it is discrimination if you aren't hired just because of having diabeties!!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-05-26 15:39:45 -0500 Report


I've been telling my son ever since his diagnosis, that if he controls his blood sugars well, there's no limit to what he can do and be.

Well, I may need to start telling him, "almost" no limit. Grrrrrr!