Sandra Day O'Connor reveals dementia diagnosis
WASHINGTON – Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday she has the beginning stages of dementia and "probably Alzheimer's disease."
In a letter made public Tuesday, she said her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."
O'Connor, 88, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and took her seat on the court in 1981. She announced her retirement in 2005.
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