Suzaan de Stadler, Stellenbosch (western Cape), South Africa
Age: 16 Years And 8 Months
Born: September 1986
Diagnosed: August 1996
18 May 2003
We went to fetch Rufus this afternoon. I feel very privileged to be part of his life and to share in all his experiences. He went with me to Sunday School where he met some of my friends. Tomorrow I will take him to school to meet my friends and maybe the Headmistress too. We are the oldest Afrikaans girl's high school in the world. So Rufus will enjoy the attention of so many girls! C-ya tomorrow!
19 May 2003
Today Rufus went with me to school. He witnessed a hall with 600 girls while tucked comfortably away under my friend's jacket! Everyone adored him. He also wrote my English Poetry exam with me.
21 May 2003
I dressed Rufus in his red shirt with bow tie and his board shorts so that he could look smart when going with me to school. Rufus has to sit on my bed a lot and watch me study because we have a lot of work to do now (before the exam). Sorry Rufus!
22 May 2003
Rufus went with my Mother to work. I am very excited about what I am going to give him to put in his suitcase. I'll tell you later - it is still a secret! My friends at school missed him today, and asked me where he was. Rufus has already made a large impact on a lot of people's lives. Thankyou Rufus.
23 May 2003
Everything that happened to Rufus in his week with me happened today! We bought him the cutest pair of slippers to keep him warm and to protect his feet. In the evening he was part of a party. One of my friends is having a hard time and so we decided to throw her a party to say we think of her. But it was a surprise! She thought she was sleeping over at her one friend's house. Her friend blindfolded her and led her to another friend's house. All eleven of us walked silently behind them. She didn't have a clue that we were there and she didn't know where she was going. When we got to the other friend's house, we undid the blindfold. It was wonderful to see her surprised face! She was very happy and enjoyed the party. Rufus went with us all the way, and enjoyed it as well.
24 May 2003
Today Rufus is going to another family. Someone asked me what I learned having Rufus with me. Well it was wonderful to be part of such a huge project. I loved the diaries and to see all the other diabetics who have to go through the same things as me. I also liked being one out of about three teenagers who've had Rufus. Mostly it is small children who have him. I want to encourage older people to also take him. You do not necessarily play with bears anymore, but it is good to spread the word of diabetes to other teenagers.
Thank you Colleen Crowley for the idea of Rufus. You have made a difference in a lot of people's lives.
Suzaan de Stadler
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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