You may know that she has type 1 diabetes. Mr. Hirsch writes:
Sonia Sotomayor dove beneath a parked car and scrunched up like a turtle. A hospital employee finally caught her by the foot and dragged her back into the building, with Sonia fighting him every step of the way. Sonia’s diabetes was diagnosed that day. It was the first time she had ever seen her mother cry.
The year was 1962, and the vignette opens Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World, the surprise blockbuster nonfiction book of the year. Named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009, Sotomayor has been rightfully praised as a pioneer: the High Court’s first Hispanic justice, its third female justice – and its first justice with type 1 diabetes. Though her medical condition is not always front and center in the book, it is a powerful narrative thread to her life story, a cause of anguish but also a source of motivation and ultimately triumph.
Mr. Hirsch wrote a book on diabetes, Cheating Destiny, that would be of interest to anyone with diabetes. I reviewed it a few years ago.