Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to discuss her diagnosis and life with type 1 diabetes and her new children’s book Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You.
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In this interview with Trevor Noah, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about her life with type 1 diabetes. She tells the story about being in a restaurant when someone assumed that she was using drugs. She told the person, “If you don’t understand when someone is doing something different than you expect, just ask. Don’t presume the worst in people.”
For parents of teens and college-aged kids with diabetes, her party story is a very important lesson. People with type 1 diabetes should always let someone know that they are diabetic when they are drinking because alcohol can affect your blood sugar. People may assume you are passed out drunk when you are actually having a severe low blood sugar.
She also says, “I don’t need help all of the time. But I do sometimes. And people should know that. And you should know that about the people you love and care about.”
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Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
The children in Sonia Sotomayor’s story have many different abilities and medical diagnoses. I think this is going to be a great book for children to learn about others who might be different from themselves. I can’t wait to read it!
From the book:
“Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.
Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.
In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges–and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we’re not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.”