Diabetes did not Prevent a Better Future for Sonia Sotomayor
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Can a disease prevent you from chasing your dream? For Sonia it did not. In fact, it was her motivation. Sonias disease is what pushed her for a better future.
Sonia Sotomayor had a somewhat typical Puerto Rican childhood. She was born in New York to her parents Juan Luis Sotomayor and Celina Baez de Sotomayor. Her only sibling was her younger brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor Jr. who was born when she was three years old. She grew up reading Nancy Drew books and dreamed of being a police detective. (Bernier,) At age eight, she was diagnosed with diabetes. The doctor told her that her diabetes would prevent her from being what she wanted to be when she grew up, because her diabetes was so hard to treat at the time (“The Last”, 33). Not wanting to depend on her parents to keep herself alive, she learned to give herself insulin shots every day in her belly as well as boiling the water to sterilize a syringe and needle. Sonia had a strong desire for a good education and to get there she had to learn the English language, but her parents only spoke Spanish and she strongly disliked the English language (Barnes). A little hard work never hurt anyone. In 1972, Sonia graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx (“Sonia Sotomayor”). Her hard work and dedication to studying allowed her to win college scholarships to both Princeton University and Yale University. She enter Princeton University and later felt overwhelmed due to her language background that was