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Sandra Day O’Connor Announces Diagnosis for Early-Stage Dementia, ‘Probably Alzheimer’s Disease’

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has released an announcement about her health, saying she is facing the possible early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, announced through the court’s Public Information Officer that she had been diagnosed with “the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease.” The message goes on to say that she will withdraw from public life to spend more time with her family and friends in Phoenix, Arizona.

“While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessing in my life,” O’Connor says. “I hope that I have inspired young people about civic engagement and helped pave the pathway for women who may have faced obstacles pursuing their careers. My greatest thanks to our nation, to my family, to my former colleagues, and to all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to engage with over the years. God bless you all.”

Chief Justice John Roberts has released a response to the news, calling O’Connor a “towering figure” and a trailblazer for women in the legal world.

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