32 years ago, a young mom gave her son up for adoption. Today, they reunite via MySpace!
Terri Fuller was just 16 years old when had a baby boy named Rustin. Her parents were going through a vicious divorce and she was stuck in the middle of it. She had no one to talk to about her pregnancy and didn't know what to do. She delivered Rustin and two weeks later her mother kicked her out of the house. She leaned on her aunt's shoulder who convinced her to give Rustin up for adoption -- and her aunt already had a couple in mind. Her aunt told her she would get pictures and updates of Rustin and that everything would be OK. She never imagined that 32 years later she would reunite with her son -- online.
ML: How did your aunt talk you into adoption?
Terri: You know, I trusted my aunt to give him to a good family. It happened at a good time -- they took him at Christmas time and I called it my Christmas miracle. I thought my aunt had my best interests at heart, until she told me I would never find Rustin and she would make sure of it. A few years down the road, I would ask what is going on with Rustin and she always said she didn't know and she hadn't talk to that couple in years. It's so hard to believe my aunt lived in the same town as my son for all those years.
ML: How long have you been searching for Rustin?
Terri: For 17 years. I found out he learned about being adopted when he was 8 years old and he's spent thousands of dollars looking for me through private detectives, but all information was erased about me.
ML: How did you find him?
Terri: I was on MySpace and on my main page I have the person I most want to meet is Rustin Haver (his name is spelled 'Hawver'). One day, someone sent me a note and it read "Hi, I'm Rustin. The person you most want to meet." The only reason he found my MySpace page was because the w stuck on his keyboard causing him to spell his last name wrong -- and that's when I popped up! All these years he never knew my name. When he stumbled across my page he told me he thought, "Oh my God, could this really could be my mom?"
ML: When did you two find each other?
Terri: He contacted me a week ago Sunday on the Internet. I immediately emailed him back that night. I could not sleep that night, because I was waiting for him to email me back. He emailed and I called him the next morning and we just cried for a while and we have talked and cried every single day since. When I told him he has a sister and brother waiting to meet him, he cried as well. We are on the phone every night to get to know each other -- we will get to know each other in time.
ML: What do you know about Rustin so far?
Terri: He's not married and has no kids. He's in college and he plays the guitar and violin.
ML: How are your other children reacting to Rustin?
Terri: My other kids are happy and they've known about him for a long time. Although my daughter is a little jealous ... but that's to be expected, I guess. They've talked on the phone, so it will go OK -- I hope
ML: When will you be meeting in person?
Terri: We want to get together as soon as we can. He says I'm the icing on the cake in his life right now. It's exciting and the most beautiful thing happening in my life. You don't realize what kind of changes your life is going to take until you're there!