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The Terrill Family, Atlanta, Georgia

January 2002
Rufus the Bear #6 is on his way to Fairfax, Virginia, following an exciting stay in Atlanta, Georgia, and some relaxing southern hospitality. Rufus spent Christmas with the Terrill family and enjoyed meeting many of MaryJo's friends and classmates at St. Pius High School, as well as her cousin who also has diabetes. Rufus attended Journalism class with her one day as well as joined her for lunch in the cafeteria. Because of MaryJo's heavy academic load, Rufus had to spend a good part of the day in her locker (algebra teachers in high school just don't "get it", do they).

The picture attached is of MaryJo (who was diagnosed at 5 years old and is now 14 years old with a 2-year-old insulin pump), Rufus the Bear, and Rufus the Dad (really, that's her dad's real name). MaryJo wanted a picture of her two favorite Rufus-folk: her dad and her new friend, the bear. Unlike Rufus the Bear, MaryJo rarely has to give herself shots any more since she has an insulin pump; but she still has to check her blood sugar levels 5 or 6 times a day and change out her pump set every 3 days. But the pump allows her to sleep really late on weekends and during summer vacation. She also can enjoy unstructured meals and crazy eating schedules to allow for football games, parties and lots of sleepovers. While the insulin pump adds lots of responsibility, it also gives her much more flexibility with her life and better control of her blood sugar levels, which is needed as a teenager looking forward to the day she gets her learner's permit to drive (25 days away and counting).

Thanks for coming to visit us, Rufus, and enjoy your travels around the world.

The Terrill Family, Atlanta, Georgia

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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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