The fictional character of Stacey McGill alleviated the loneliness of being sick.". I haven’t finished all the episodes yet, but I can say that while not terrible it is not a perfect representation. Seeing so many doctors made Stacey … The summer of 1991 lingers in my memory as a series of sweaty vignettes, scenes in which a scrawny and sun-burnished version of me ran around a YMCA day camp, crisscrossed with half-assed tan lines and bedecked in neons. Images. After the video of the seizure is sent out to all the parents of the kids the girls baby-sit for, the club members call a meeting and invite those parents. She has the best penmanship, but I suspect her role as the gang milquetoast won her the shittiest job; lastly, numeral savant Stacey serves as BSC treasurer. They won't admit she has the disease, and they drag her to practically every doctor in America! I love the babysitters club.this is the 4th book I read that Stacey narrates.I don't like how the author divorces all the parents.kristy.dawn.the barrets.the brewers.and now Stacey? She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes… In this modern world of ours, diabetes (specifically Type 2, the much stigmatized, formally adult-onset rendition) is part of our national conversation, thanks to its correlation with the obesity epidemic. She hasn't been feeling well. The parents start asking questions like, “how do we know our kid is safe with you, couldn’t it happen again?” and “Do you have medical equipment with you that could hurt them?” Another parent, who happens to be a pediatric endocrinologist, defends Stacey and the conversation turns to how good the girls are as baby-sitters. But even they don't know the real truth about Stacey. But Stacey was only 13, and naturally unable to prepare me for some of the experiences I would have as a diabetic. It now permeates pop culture (David Sedaris), typically as a punch line (Broad City), often gotten wrong (looking at YOU, Always Sunny! She was too young to pull over her car to suck down juice boxes and then sit there sweaty and tear-faced until the fructose kicked in, though she, too, passed out in public. I felt sympathy for Stacey, but was unable to relate. It was impossible to concentrate on the diabetes symposium being held at my bedside, after being zonked out for so many hours, following months of debilitating sickness, while still being a fanciful kid. Stacey's "truth" is that her parents are mishandling her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. We talk to New York Times … The novels provided solace from the perils of tweenage life, as we identified with our favorite member of the club… Not a lot! Kristy even goes as far as asking if Stacey is taking hard drugs. I think it’s great to have a character with t1d, but there are some challenges to the way it’s portrayed. After they catch her in some lies and misinterpret her abstinence from sweets as anorexia, she confesses that she's a juvenile diabetic. What business do 11-year-olds have getting paid to be caregivers to other tiny humans?!). Stacey describes her condition as: her pancreas doesn't make enough insulin, so blood sugar is uncontrollable. 1) “Insulin shock” is a non-medical term for having too much insulin in your system and blood glucose levels dropping too low. I woke up at night so frequently to drink water and urinate, I would fill up the water bottle for my bike and hide it under my pillow so I could quench my thirst throughout the night. I couldn't worship at the altar of the BSC forever. Preceding her hospitalization, she too has unquenchable thirst, and is inexplicably ever-tired. Still, they are far from the role model diabetes parents. In the first two episodes, diabetes is not mentioned at all, but we see Stacey turning down snacks and eating a salad instead of pizza. Her first episodic arc in the Baby-Sitters Club catalog is entitled The Truth About Stacey. Sophie Grace as Kristy Thomas. California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. Stacey had already told the girls about her having diabetes at the end of the first book. Her insulin pump (a Medtronic 670) is clipped to her side. Dr. Frank is her specialist in Stoneybrook. That being said this book really and truly is more about problems that the baby-sitters club has with the new baby-sitting agency than it does with Stacey and her diabetes. I was tired all the time. The Baby-Sitters Club is on Netflix, and, just like the beloved books many of us read as kids, Stacey has a secret. ( Log Out /  The staff nutritionist stopped by to explain meal plans, and how to choose food based on my prescribed insulin doses. She dotted her i's with HEARTS. The fanny pack was a new accessory that I had adopted for utility, not fashion. The Baby-Sitters Club … find out what ever happen to the 1995 movie, The Baby-Sitters Club No sound. It was just a happy coincidence that the fanny pack zeitgeist was in full swing. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Kristy is a liiittle bit meaner in the show. Evidently, my teachers assumed I was depressed. Stacey McGill, A Girl's First Friend with Diabetes When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1994, the very first person I met was Stacey McGill of Stoneybrook, CT. On the morning of June 18, 1991, I informed my mother that I would not be going to school that day, an unprecedented declaration; I lived for school. Killjoy Kristy is their tomboy dictator, for she is bossy and the BSC was her brainchild; Claudia, the club's benign VP (because private landline), is creative, and at least once per novel something she is wearing is described as "funky"; when Mary Anne Spier isn't making googly eyes over a lodged ankle-biter at Logan, she enjoys the tedious honor of club secretary. April De Costa reads and writes in Austin, TX. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. When her mom came home and found her treating her low, the mom was freaked out and started making more doctor appointments. As I experienced that day and have many times since, your brain is the first organ to fail you when you suffer ketoacidosis. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Baby-Sitters Club® Graphix #2: The Truth About Stacey by Raina Telgemeier , based on the novel by Ann M. MartinAnn M. Martin illustrated by Raina Telgemeier. A Girl's First Period. I couldn't eat much, resulting in a 30-pound loss from my scraggly frame. They were constantly making appointments with different doctors trying to find answers that did not result in their daughter having an incurable, difficult to manage disease. Stacey was into FASHION. Bryan Adams serenaded me with "Everything I Do" in perpetuity, Terminator 2's special effects blew my fucking mind, and I was strapped into a fanny pack for all of it. I just finally realized what Stacey McGill and I had in common. I discovered The Baby-Sitters Club series the previous year. There is a narrow, capricious aperture where every person's blood sugar must reside to stay alive; I was told how to recognize low-blood-sugar attack symptoms and prepare for them (though, holy shit can you not emotionally brace for them) and be able to identify the hallmarks of high blood sugar. I sold my library of Baby-Sitters Club books and propaganda at a relative's yard sale when I was 14. Nobody knows..except her friends in the Baby-Sitters Club. Stacey's "truth" is that her parents are mishandling her diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. Stacey never describes taking shots in disgusting bathrooms — or worse, porta-potties — to avoid unwanted attention at shows, bars, or restaurants. The 43rd Baby-Sitters Club text, Stacey's Emergency, was published two months before my diagnosis. She is afraid to treat it in front of them and leaves after saying things that don’t make sense. Pre-screening is a good idea. Stacey has a severe form of type 1 diabetes. Stacey explains to her friends that she has type 1 diabetes and that video was taken the day she was diagnosed. One of my favorite book series as a kid was The Baby-Sitter’s Club. All of the books in The Baby-Sitters Club series meander in the same way. He gravely explained that from now on, I would have to plan and monitor everything I ate and any bit of exercise I performed, and synchronize it with my synthetic insulin shots. My body had been poisoning me with ketones for months. (book #10) beckoned me from its pedestal by the entrance. I was a freshly minted juvenile diabetic. How did the show do portraying life for a 7th grader with T1D? July 4, 2020 by Melody L. Leave a comment. Feeling stung, Stacey blurts out that she has Type 1 Diabetes… Throughout the episode we see Stacey treating lows, addressing the beeping pump, and feeling afraid that someone will find out about her diabetes. The Baby-Sitters Club … Obsessed with travel? Her first episodic arc in the Baby-Sitters Club catalog is entitled The Truth About Stacey. Being schlepped around by her delusional parents to these visits, after her move and diagnosis, causes her to feel alienated and melancholic. Had her fictive life continued after middle school, perhaps the ghostwriter might chronicle the times the vision in her right eye is obscured by blood, because her diabetic retinopathy caused the vessels to burst, at age 34. for the incurable disease. Berry’s diabetes status is a bit contentious. Sign up for the BuzzFeed Books newsletter. Lately, the pressure's really on Stacey. It’s a poor resolution video, so not too graphic, but still hard for me to see–and troubling for me to wonder what Hazel thought. My friends and I read and re-read them. I woke up in the hospital alone. ), in an attempt to explain my condition. Then a doctor came to my bedside, joined by my mom, to deliver his oration regarding my new disease. The four girls who are in the club are in seventh grade. I … When I got home from school I slept. Something for everyone interested in hair, makeup, style, and body positivity. There is no episode revolving around the use of the word "cheating" to convey eating food outside your nutrition plan (though her shame is amply connoted). The truth comes out after a video is spread around of Stacey having a seizure. I wish the writers would have consulted someone in the type 1 community to fact check so the diabetes details made more sense, but even with the problems they got quite a bit right. One of my favorite book series as a kid was The Baby-Sitter’s Club. ( Log Out /  The mom seems like she is dealing with diabetes in a way that is harmful to Stacey. I was curious how they would portray diabetes in the series. Had my brain been firing on all cylinders, and had I not been a Baby-Sitters Club devotee, this grim and significant life change would have been infinitely scarier. Just weeks before, cotton-mouthed and blinking in and out of consciousness, I had heard an urgent-care doctor say to my mother, "...or it could be diabetes.". I went back to sleep. In subsequent episodes you can see Stacey’s pump and she mentions diabetes care a couple of times, but it’s only a major plot point in the third episode. My three kids loved it for different reasons. ).The advent of the internet has made information about diabetes readily available. She peeked out from behind her mother's legs as I accepted $5 for the lot, and together we wordlessly packed up The Baby-Sitters Club. She must test her blood to see if she needs insulin. Rather than slap bracelets or the other traditional trappings of a '90s tween, though, my nylon sherpa carried a blood tester, an ice-pack case containing insulin and syringes, and a roll of Lifesavers. She elects to hide her disease from the BSC sister-wives in Stoneybrook. Stacey McGill suffers protracted sadness, which she copes with by covertly eating sugary garbage, ultimately sending her to the ER. And in a change from previous portrayals of Stacey, most notably the 1995 film adaptation of “The Baby-Sitters Club,” she’s overtly stated as being a Type 1 diabetic who uses an insulin pump. And in a change from previous portrayals of Stacey, most notably the 1995 film adaptation of “The Baby-Sitters Club,” she’s overtly stated as being a Type 1 diabetic who uses an insulin … Last night, we started the series together. And speaking of insurance, unless Stacey McGill became independently wealthy, there would be no Eat, Pray, Love storyline for her, because access to health insurance dictates your life as an adult. You get stupid; you lose the ability to be self-aware and understand things complexly. Her schoolwork and baby-sitting jobs are almost out of control. Reporting on what you care about. Martin wrote the first 36 novels in the series, but the subsequent novels were written by ghostwriters, such as Peter Lerangis. My favorite character was Stacey McGill, who among many other attributes, has … Not everyone at Stoneybrook Middle School knows about Stacey's diabetes, … After the doctor delivered this speech, he and my mom left. I loved how they kept so true to the books while updating the setting. She can't eat desserts and sweets but can eat fruit. My favorite character was Stacey McGill, who among many other attributes, has type 1 diabetes. A 13-year-old character cannot describe how having a low-blood-sugar attack feels like being both underwater and shit-hammered drunk, as every cell in your body screams that you need to consume sugar IMMEDIATELY. My body began to shut down. The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club #3) When I started watching the new Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix, episode 3 came up and I tensed: The Truth About Stacey . Anastasia "Stacey" McGill, was the COOLEST babysitter in The Baby-Sitters Club (BSC) canon. After said conflict is introduced, the club's origin story is retold, and the members of the coterie are described ad nauseum. The basic premise of the books/show is that four girls start a club to make it easier for parents to find baby-sitters. Sophie Grace stars in Netflix’s adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s “The … ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Star Talks Stacey’s Diabetes, Season 2 & More – Hollywood Life Shay Rudolph stars in Netflix’s ‘The Baby-Sitters Club,’ bringing Stacey McGill to life once again. I remember in the first few months after Hazel’s diagnosis looking for anything that could give me hope that the disease was not permanent. Coooool, I remember thinking, like Stacey. You can't extrapolate from pages the insidious voices that will attempt to convince you that your body is your enemy, not your instrument. The Baby-Sitters Club (also known as BSC) is a series of novels written by Ann M. Martin and published by Scholastic between 1986 and 2000, that sold 176 million copies. The character Stacey McGill has type 1 diabetes. The Baby-Sitters Club comes to Netflix! Stacey McGill, the Girl Who Lived For years, the 'Baby-Sitters Club' diabetes storyline hit too close to home. You never learn the universe has conjured up countless bizarre situations to put you in the hospital, like losing your insulin on a flight to D.C., or your insulin mysteriously losing effectiveness in Brooklyn, or that time the vial fell out of your purse and was immediately run over by a car the night before your brother's college graduation; and you can't just go get more because insurance companies are the nefarious, mustache-twirling villains of real life. She isn’t a full … She walked away, and returned using her mother for a shield (obviously, a Mary-Anne). Seeing that struggle was probably the hardest for me. Share. I asked the school nurses if I could nap during recess, which they allowed. The truth about Stacey is she has diabetes. Representation is power. Also, I thought I was doing something illicit, being awake at night and unbelievably thirsty, and kept this new nocturnal routine secret. ***Joy is pizza, dinosaurs, pinball, reading outside, and animals doing people things. Stacey has just recently moved to Stoneybrook, so the other girls who have all grown up together do not know her as well. November 1st 2006 Download : 686 The Baby Sitters Club Book #2, 'The Truth About Stacey' by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing graphic novel! Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey become junior members (which means they're ELEVEN. Because my brain had dissolved into a cranium-encased bowl of useless ooze, I never put together that we were experiencing the same symptoms. In addition to diabetes, the series is tackling all sorts of hard problems and dealing with them well. Getting your period is a big deal for a young girl. Dissimilar to Stacey McGill, my favorite place was the school library. Change ). ( Log Out /  Physically and intellectually, I had become a wisp of myself until I was diagnosed. Stacey was BLONDE and had a PERM. ( Log Out /  When I heard that Netflix had made a series based on the books, I knew I had to watch it. Tweens don't necessarily need a Stacey McGill, because the interweb connects juvenile diabetics across the world who can share their anecdotes; I went down a weepy YouTube rabbit hole watching girls rate their insulin pumps and offer each other support. Being bookish, I was somewhat equipped for my definitive coming-of-age event. After learning that Stacey had been cyber bullied because of her diabetes, her parents trying to help her hide it in a new town made more sense (and made them a bit more sympathetic). The episode ends with Stacey bedazzling her pump and wearing it with pride. When Martin was going through real-life issues, she could … On the cover, the titular characters beam at each other over a copper-haired child whose hand is held hostage by a jar (he appears to be lovestruck by Logan too). She couldn't have predicted that when I returned home from the hospital, I would be too scared to give myself my own injections (for years), or that I'd wet the bed for those first two weeks. She said that she had been losing weight and kept getting sicker until she went into “insulin shock” and had a seizure. Lee!) In addition to the original four girls, the BSC adopts Dawn Schafer, a hippie native of California. In the very first novel, we learn that Stacey recently emigrated from New York City, where she was teased and rejected by her friends after being diagnosed with diabetes. she doesn't want to be treated differently because she's sick. In The Truth About Stacey, Stacey's parents derail her life by dragging her back to NYC to meet with various doctors in hopes they'll present them with some kind of miracle cure (including holistic medicine!) The character Stacey McGill has type 1 diabetes. ... she has type 1 diabetes, requiring an … Stacey's Emergency is the 43rd book in The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin. My friends and I read and re-read them. In the beginning of the episode, we see Stacey trying on clothes with her mom. It's essentially a passage to … HL spoke with Shay about how she prepared for the role and more. Most importantly, if I fucked this up, I should expect blindness, kidney failure, amputation, death, et fucking cetera. The mom is trying to help her find clothes that keep it hidden. An affable nurse woke me to demonstrate how to give myself injections. For women who grew up in the '90s, The Baby-Sitters Club was a rite of passage. The cosmos clearly orchestrated this discovery, so dutifully I checked out Logan Likes Mary Anne!, and thereafter was a fervent Baby-Sitters Club disciple. I had already ventured into the dark, torrid fictional world of Christopher Pike, where teenage-girl (sometimes spectral) protagonists experienced sex, drugs, and violence, and where diabetes was wielded as a murder weapon. When I overheard the doctor saying that I might be diabetic, I didn't even think about mortality. Though my cognizance was flickering like a film strip with missing frames, I understood on that gurney that of all the maladies I could incur, I had been struck with the same disease as STACEY MCGILL, coolest of the babysitters. If you are a … This is problematic for two reasons. The fictional character of Stacey McGill alleviated the loneliness of being sick. She walked home alone. Stacey was from NEW YORK CITY. A self-effacing, dorky 10-year-old, I was drawn to the book. But I'm glad she chose … Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? Then the Netflix series showed me something I've never seen on TV before. The third episode is entitled “The Truth About Stacey,” just like the third book. Diabetes wasn't foreign or stigmatized, because badass Stacey was my sole association with the condition. And Stacey… Stacey explains to the parents that she has type 1 diabetes and that the video was taken before she was diagnosed and she knows how to take care of herself now. During one fated visit, Logan Likes Mary Anne! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 2) Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) rarely causes seizures—it can happen, but seizures are much more common with low blood sugar. The truth about Stacey is that she has diabetes, which makes her miss a lot of club … I would soon transform into an insufferable, brooding punk who used a backpack instead of a fanny pack to ferry my medical supplies. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever - all in one place! I highly recommend it, especially for kids 8-12, with the caveat that episode 3 might be triggering for families that live with t1d. Each novel focuses on one of the girls and their conflict du jour. DRINK THE JUICE") or reference Panic Room (but seriously, how do you not have juice in your panic room?! My mother hauled me, her nauseous co-pilot, along with her to run errands, but found it difficult to buy groceries with a green-faced, vomity 11-year-old in tow, so back home we went. I still remember the girl who bought my BSC collection. Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me! We hold major institutions accountable and expose wrongdoing. She's so cool — before slipping back into the deepest sleep I have ever known. Later on in the series, Abby Steveson joins the BSC and is allergic to everything. The beloved series features a character who lives with type 1 diabetes. Self care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life. If you do not want spoilers, stop reading. I would administer two kinds of insulin injections multiple times every day, and I would need to test my blood-sugar levels more than that. Her mom makes it clear that she wasn’t ever ashamed of Stacey or her diabetes, but she just didn’t want her to be hurt again. That is really more of an … The stories were also based on real life. You can read more about it here, but basically she does not need to take insulin which is not the case for people who have type 1 diabetes. ## Book The Truth About Stacey The Baby Sitters Club No3 ## Uploaded By Dr. Seuss, the truth about stacey is that she has diabetes a fact she keeps secret from everyone except her new friends in the baby sitters club … "As a girl, I knew no diabetics, or really any other kids afflicted with disease. Thankfully, the BSC had already burrowed a foundational knowledge of the disease into my brain, undoubtedly mitigating the confusion and freaked-out-ness of being confronted with my own mortality for the first time. Stacey is immediately embarrassed and ashamed, and her friends in The Baby-Sitters Club want answers. Hazel loved seeing a girl on screen with type 1 diabetes. I've never been trapped in the Sahara or marooned on a life raft or deserted island, but this undying thirst felt like the droughtier version of all those scenarios combined. In one scene, Stacey feels her blood sugar dropping while she is with her friends. At their behest, my mom brought me to a psychiatrist, much to my confusion. It is revealed in the first book, when Stacey tells the girls she has diabetes that it's Kristy's cousin, Robin, who has … I credit me knowing and identifying the symptoms of diabetes in Hazel to reading these books. She stood pensively before me, no older than 10, refusing to make eye contact as she regarded the bounty for sale. The next day, she took me to urgent care. One other slight diabetes related problem: there’s an off-handed comment made about Halle Berry having type 1 diabetes. Stacey's diabetes takes a nosedive in this book, leaving her vulnerable and frightened in a hospital in NYC. Overall, I am loving the series. She gives herself insulin shots every day and stays on a secret diet. This usually happens when someone is taking synthetic insulin, not when their body stops producing it. Then the story and the subplots resume until the conflict's conclusion. The Baby-Sitters Club is a small band of middle-school girls (and once in a while the besotted Logan), who are less of a club and more like the controlling mafia caring for the forsaken children of fictional Stoneybrook, Connecticut. The girls meet three times a week in Claudia Kishi's bedroom (because that baller has her own landline) to await calls from parents and generally bro-down (at least as much as hard-ass and autocratic BSC President Kristy Thomas will allow). But she is noticeably more angsty. Although I was most similar to Mary-Anne, of all Stoneybrook's young wardens, my admiration for Stacey was the strongest. When you live with a chronic illness like Stacey's on "The Baby-Sitter's Club," the emotional labor of always trying to be “on” rarely ceases. As a girl, I knew no diabetics, or really any other kids afflicted with disease. Stacey's problem is her parents. The episode picked up a theme that ran deep through the book by the same title: Stacey’s parents were in denial. It’s a charming tale of friends who form a babysitter’s club for their small, fictional town in Connecticut. 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