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  1. Jules
    Jules May 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm | | Reply

    I dont understand why this is such huge news if diabetes is a non issue for SCOTUS. I really wish every news event of the Obama administration wasn’t always tied to type 1 diabetes in some way. I want to read more about diabetes as a disease, not a political party. What possible effect could Sotomayor have on us?

  2. Lauren H
    Lauren H May 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm | | Reply

    Yay. Once again Obama has come through for us diabetics and named SOTOMAYOR as a Supreme Court nominee. I’ve been telling all of you now for a while that Obama is going to cure us and this is confirmation. The only downside is that she went to Catholic school. Maybe she is over that Catholic nonsense. Obama is da man!!

  3. Janet
    Janet May 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm | | Reply

    In the second paragraph, even before explaining what Type 1 diabetes is, the WSJ blog

    http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/05/26/sotomayors-type-1-diabetes-a-non-issue-say-docs/

    talks about “bouts of disorientation.”

    As if it weren’t bad enough that TIME has that scary needle picture and talks about an insulin pump that can be permanently inserted under the skin.

    It is going to take a huge effort from all of us in the diabetes community if we are going to seize this teachable moment.

    BTW — tomorrow NPR’s Joe Shapiro will be covering this non-issue on All Things Considered.

  4. Allison Blass
    Allison Blass May 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm | | Reply

    I actually didn’t think the article was all that bad… aside from some factual errors like the permanent pump under my skin (from what I hear, they’re working on it…), but that picture really irked me. But the actual article seemed fairly balanced between how we take care of ourselves and the actual risk. So I’m with you in the not *that* negative boat. I just think it was a lousy stock photo since *no* one takes their injection like that.

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  6. james
    james May 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm | | Reply

    Wait, are you saying that because it’s a desk job all she needs is a coke handy? or are you mocking that type of coverage? because if I read that in a mainstream news article, I’d be all over the author for saying that all a person needs to manage diabetes on the job is a coke at their desk!

  7. Dennis
    Dennis May 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm | | Reply

    Well, I’m all for her.. But I’m afraid alot of Not so nice Comments, Questions on her Longivtivty and about T1 in general are going to come out that many t1′s are not going to like..
    Already- T1′s live from 7-10 yrs less and This is Per NIH … then alot of Mixing us up with T2′s is going to be another problem..
    Me thinks it will do more harm than Good if she is Not Approve, not for our Country, but for T1′s..
    Some Congressman and Women are using Mary Tyler Moore an her Book already.. and you can bet alot more negatives wll be forthcomming..
    the Facts are not very good in her favor.. an they want someone who will stay on the Court for At least a Decade or longer an have turne ddown previous nominees for Having Cancer.. and she does have some questionable jusdgement cases going against her as well..
    and anything to do with Stem Cell Reserach, etc. she will have to excuse herself anyway..

    Of course, they have been saying for yrs we should have a 7% A1c too..

    Of course the majority voted against Just. Scalia too and he turned out pretty good..

    Keep your fingers crossed

  8. Lauren K
    Lauren K May 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm | | Reply

    The WSJ Health Blog comment is just infuriating. That is irresponsible and uninformed reporting, and there’s no excuse for it.

    I for one am incredibly inspired by what Judge Sotomayor has accomplished in the years since her type 1 diagnosis. I agree with the comment that all she needs to make sure diabetes doesn’t get in the way of her ability to execute her job is quick access to sugar in the event of a low. Type 1 diabetics are doctors and surgeons, and physicians find themselves in life-and-death situations far more often than those who sit on the court.

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  10. otter
    otter May 27, 2009 at 6:23 am | | Reply

    i arrived at this page from a friend’s blog. this is thoughtful and though-provoking reading, thank you for your post.

  11. DBunny
    DBunny May 27, 2009 at 10:55 am | | Reply

    Yes! I just posted on my own blog about that Time Magazine article. I’m so sick and tired of all the misinformation out there. And when the weight (type 2 in the minds of the public) issue is brought up… agh! I myself am an overweight TYPE ONE (yes, even we can pack on some pounds) and I’ve found myself having to outright argue with people (even nurses) that I’m not a type 2 and that I need insulin even if I don’t eat, that I’ll always need it pending an actual cure, etc. It’s frustrating. I will certainly keep my eye out for articles and I’ll comment when I can, including praise for properly representing type 1. This really is a wonderful opportunity for us all.

  12. T1 in Boston
    T1 in Boston May 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm | | Reply

    my comment won’t take, hmmm…

  13. diabetes
    diabetes May 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm | | Reply

    What a “teachable moment” from WSJ… I was reading the article with disbelief and shaking my head… so much of misinformation to the public… when can they learn to convey the right information…

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