A dementia diagnosis takes a retired Supreme Court Justice out of the public eye.
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to ever serve on the highest court in the land, is battling the early stages of the disease. In a public letter to friends and fellow Americans today, she announced her diagnosis, saying it’s progressed to the point she cannot participate in public life any longer.
O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court in 2006, after being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Her full letter can be read below: