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STACIE MOANA MISTYSYN

Award-Winning Actress, Certified Fitness & Wellness Coach, Mom, Blogger & Advocate for Mental and Physical Health

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Being a teenager is hard. Growing up in front of the world on an iconic Canadian series had its own set of challenges including insecurities about my appearance, feeling exploited by the people I trusted most and just trying to ‘fit in’. Whereas I had always been naturally slim as a kid, I was suddenly gaining weight in front of the entire world – and believe me, people weren’t shy about commenting on it ...



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 Performing

As one of the original Kids of Degrassi Street at the age of ten, I literally grew up on TV. The following incarnations, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High earned me three Gemini nominations and a win for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role. I was fortunate enough to continue my role as Caitlin Ryan in, Degrassi: The Next Generation - engaging a whole new audience.


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Mental & Physical Health Advocate

I realize now that I’ve always had anxiety and depression but had always assumed it was my fault – like I should have better control over my emotions and my body. I’ve always been a perfectionist and was my own worst critic when it came to my acting, appearance and lack of motivation. On set, we were treated like kids but expected to act like adults – and I dared not admit that I was struggling for fear of jeopardizing my career.

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My Blog

I know, everyone and their pet has a blog nowadays. Well, this is my blog and I have stuff I want to discuss - with you- honestly and openly.

I've never  been one to post about how together I am - I'm more of a learn-from-my-mistakes guru. It’s all trial and error at this point in the game of life but I’ll gladly share my quandaries and revelations as I go. Mostly to reassure others they’re not alone and to make sure I'm not either!

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About me & my why

Being a teenager is hard. Growing up in front of the world on an iconic Canadian series had its own set of challenges including insecurities about my appearance, feeling exploited by the people I trusted most and just trying to ‘fit in’. Whereas I had always been naturally slim as a kid, I was suddenly gaining weight in front of the entire world – and believe me, people weren’t shy about commenting on it (thank goodness this was pre-social media).
I thought, if I can’t control anything else going on in my life, surely I can control my own body! I started binge eating, vomiting, taking diuretics, popping 8-10 laxatives a day, and over-exercising. I was abusing my body and completely out of control – not to mention paranoid, tired and suicidal.
After the show ended, I felt type-cast and moved to my birth city of Los Angeles where I took numerous jobs between acting gigs. A trainer at Gold’s Gym directed me to the late Michael Thurmond of Body Makeover Systems (and later ABC’s "Extreme Makeover") with whom I studied and ultimately worked for. Getting certified as a fitness trainer was the best thing I could have done – for my own well-being and because I found great satisfaction in educating and helping others change their story.
A few years after moving back to Canada, my younger brother lost his own struggle with anxiety. His death shattered me and for a while, I couldn’t function. I was diagnosed with PCOD and told it would be difficult to get pregnant which depressed me even more. After getting the psychological help I needed, I decided to get re-certified as a fitness trainer so that I could start training in Canada – only to learn that I was pregnant! Two children later, I was diagnosed with PMDD meaning my hormones go out of whack for about two weeks out of every month – so now I exercise primarily to manage my anxiety and stress levels.
So many of us struggle with hormone irregularities that affect our metabolism and cause imbalances in our bodies – which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression. I’ve learned that what we put into our bodies is just as important as exercising. Both have a direct effect on our hormones; by eating the right foods at the right times, in the right amounts while working out and stretching consistently, I feel better.
My promise to you: if you’re stuck in a rut, have lost your way or just need help getting started, let me help you get on the right track and find both your inner and outer strength. Working out should feel good and you deserve to feel better.    

The Performer

As one of the original Kids of Degrassi Street at the age of ten, I literally grew up on TV. The following incarnations, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High earned me three Gemini nominations and a win for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role. I was fortunate enough to continue my role as Caitlin Ryan in Degrassi: The Next Generation - engaging a whole new audience.

My acting/hosting career spans 30 years and includes an extensive list of film, TV and theatre. In more recent years, I enjoyed travelling cross country sharing my love of '80s music as DJ Mistylicious with InBetween Days, including DJs Demanda (aka Amanda Stepto, aka Spike Nelson on Degrassi) and Shawn MacD (aka Shawn MacDonald, owner of popular Toronto restaurant, Disgraceland).

Despite - and quite possibly because of - the low budget, non union vibe of the show, the series has achieved cult status - prompting requests for myself and other Degrassi alumni to appear at comic conventions, special screenings and events through Degrassi Tour. We have a special kinship with our fans and love sharing our experiences with them.
Conventions.Screenings.signings, Oh mY!



THE MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

I realize now that I’ve always had anxiety and depression but had always assumed it was my own fault – like I should have better control over my emotions and my body. I’ve always been a perfectionist and was my own worst critic when it came to my acting, appearance and lack of motivation. On set, we were treated like kids but expected to act like adults – and I dared not admit that I was struggling for fear of jeopardizing my career. I saw my brother struggle over the years and it breaks my heart that I couldn’t help him. His suicide was traumatizing and it prompted me to get the help I so badly needed (thank you Distress Centres of Canada!).

I grew to resent the stigma around his death and even I am guilty of having used the term, "committed suicide" (see video below) which sounds like he committed a crime. His pain was very real and debilitating. If it had been an illness like cancer there would be more understanding, more demand for a cure…but he did have an illness and not talking about it would be doing him and anyone else who suffers from it, a disservice.

Over the years I’ve traveled cross-country speaking in schools, theatres and comic conventions covering topics such as sexuality, sex, literacy and acting…but I can do more to talk about mental health so others don’t have to feel ashamed or desperate – I want to do more. Please let me know how I can lend my voice to your campaign for mental health.