Catholic U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, offered a very personal story about living most of her life with diabetes, and offered one-of-a-kind encouragement to some 150 kids:
"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."
Diabetes is known as "A disease so common that it strikes EVERY 20 seconds."