Daisy Battled Endometriosis On 'Survivor' But She Kept It Secret From Certain Contestants
The latest Survivor recruit, Daisy, told us what it's like to have endometriosis while you're competing in the reality television show.
Daisy told 10 daily competing in the new season of 'Survivor' was both the best and worst thing she has ever done. It was tough on her physically, mentally and socially.
"Then you've got to put it all together. And, you know, play this balancing act of keeping them all equal and being able to persevere," she said.
Physically, Daisy trained hard ahead of the show and gave up coffee six weeks before which she said helped with the withdrawals that the others faced in the early days of the competition.
But what she wasn't prepared for was how mentally taxing it could be, despite trying to prepare by meditating beforehand.
"Once you get in there, a lot of it just goes out the window, and you really just have to wing it. Trying to stay true to your morals while also screwing people over to play the game is a pretty tough thing to do," she explained.
Having gone to boarding school for 12 years, Daily said she isn't oblivious to the odd lie here and there and is well skilled in getting her own way which she said helped her play the game.
"You're just a number at boarding school so if you want to get noticed you have to do things big, so you know, that really translated really well into the game of 'Survivor'," Daisy told 10 daily.
"Then I also think about growing up in the bush during the first three major droughts and that gives you real resilience. I went in there drawing from both those experiences."
Daisy said her limited diet of rice and beans meant she didn't have the energy to keep up any sort of regular exercise.
You don't really have the energy to keep up this fitness regime to be looking and feeling your best, unfortunately.
"But the challenges were so massive on such a huge scale this year that you didn't really need to because the challenges were our fitness."
Aside from having curly hair and not being able to use a hair brush, as well as being forced to sniff the same "collective smell" everyone develops from not having showers, Daisy had a bigger problem to face.
"I have endometriosis. So going in there, I was really concerned," she told 10 daily.
Endometriosis is a progressive disease, most commonly occurs in the pelvis and can affect a woman's reproductive organs. Pelvic or stomach pain might start before your period and last for several days.
It can feel sharp and stabbing, and it usually won't go away with medication. Some women say it feels like their insides are being pulled down, and they have a gnawing or throbbing feeling that can be severe.
"It was a bit of a worry because when you have a chronic illness and you go into play a game like that, nothing really helps. There wasn't a bed to lie on, things get tough and it was tricky."
In fact, Daisy said she had to go as far as hiding the pain of her endometriosis because she didn't want the other contestants to "see it was a weakness".
"People are just sniffing out anything to vote you out. In saying that, I made some really good friends out there that were super supportive," Daisy said.
"If I ever had issues with it or my condition out there, they understood. So it was always nice to know that I did have one or two people around that had my back. "
Daisy said she felt an obligation to compete in 'Survivor' to "go out there and do it for all the girls with endo."
"It's a massive condition that one in three people have and it goes misdiagnosed so often that I want to show that we can do anything," she added.
Daisy credits her resilience to growing up in the bush where she said you are bred tough, built tough and you are expected to push through life's barriers.
"You really draw from all the other things in your life that you've been through that have been tougher. Pain at the end of the day, is a mental game, much like 'Survivor'."
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders' premieres Wednesday, 24 July at 7.30pm, only on 10 and WIN Network.
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