She credits her early years at boarding school as one of the reasons why she was so adept at ‘playing the game’ on the upcoming season of Australian Survivor.
But on Tuesday, Daisy Richardson revealed she wasn’t completely ready for how challenging her journey would be, given that she suffers from endometriosis.
The 24-year-old ‘contender’ told 10 Daily she was especially concerned because chronic illness is often viewed as a weakness.
Speaking out: Australian Survivor’s Daisy Richardson, 24, has revealed she was ‘really concerned’ about her endometriosis diagnosis ahead of filming the show
‘People are just sniffing out anything to vote you out,’ Daisy said.
‘In saying that, I made some really good friends out there that were super supportive,’ she added.
Daisy tried to hide her condition from others because she didn’t want them to ‘see it as a weakness’, but there were times when it was very difficult.
Tricky situation: Daisy said she tried to hide her condition from others because she didn’t want them to ‘see it as a weakness’, but there were times when it was very difficult
Support: Despite her reservations, Daisy did confide in some of her rival contestants
Despite her reservations, Daisy did confide in some of her rival contestants, who were supportive of her condition.
‘If I ever had issues with it, they understood. So it was always nice to know that I did have one or two people around that had my back,’ she said.
Daisy explained that she went into the show knowing her condition would likely flare up, but did so willingly ‘for all the girls with endo’.
While endometriosis affects more than 10 per cent of the Australian population, there is still a misconception about the condition in terms of what it is, Daisy said.
Endometriosis is a progressive condition in which tissue similar to inside of a womb grows outside it in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
Symptoms include sharp and stabbing pain that often isn’t eased with pain relief, and some women described a feeling their insides are being ‘pulled down’.
Coming soon: Australian Survivor premieres Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm on Channel 10
Daisy said given there is such a common misconception about the condition, she hopes her time on the show will help raise some awareness.
Aside from the physical effects of being stranded on an island, Daisy revealed she wasn’t prepared for how mentally taxing it could be – despite her months of preparation.
She credited ditching coffee in the weeks leading up to the show, as well as her 12 years of boarding school education, with helping her cope.
‘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,’ she said.
Australian Survivor premieres Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm on Channel 10