The Garoutte Family, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
October 23, 2001
Rufus - You finally made it to our house. We were so glad that someone found you after you were lost for 3 weeks in a mail truck. You are such a cute bear and we love your corduroy pants. We had a good time looking at the journal and all the key chains.
Mandy, almost 15 years old, was going to take you to her high school homecoming football game and have your picture taken with the team, but because you got lost and came late, you missed the big chance. We still won the game though.
October 24, 2001
My mom and I both work at the Cedarburg School District Office. I work after school two days a week. We told the whole office about Rufus and they were very excited to meet him when we brought him to work. Many people read the journal and asked questions about diabetes. The school nurse, Rose, liked you best of all. She was moved when she read all the journal entries. We gave you a school key chain.
October 25, 2001
My mom called a reporter who works for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper and told them about Rufus and me. She talked to her editor about us and they agreed to do a story. I'm nervous and excited about it!
October 29, 2001
The news reporter came to our house after school to meet Rufus and me. We talked about when I was diagnosed with diabetes 4 and a half years ago. It seems so long ago I can't remember what life was like without diabetes. All I could remember was being sad about not being able to drink orange soda. Now that I have the insulin pump I can have a little orange soda now and then for a treat. Having a pump has made this disease so much more manageable for me. I wouldn't ever want to be without it.
November 4, 2001
The newspaper photographer took pictures of me while I worked at the church nursery today. She was having so much fun with me, Rufus, and the 3 and 4 year old boys I was running around with that she stayed for an hour and a half. My story about Rufus and life with a teen on an insulin pump will be in the paper in a few weeks. I hope my story inspires another teen to try the insulin pump. It will make such a big difference for them.
Goodbye Rufus. Tomorrow I will mail you to Ashley who lives in Minnesota. Stay warm in her little arms and have fun.
Mandy Garoutte, (15 yrs old in December) Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.
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