Australian Survivor contestant Jacqui Patterson was only evicted from the show on Monday night, but she’s already got her sights set on her next big challenge - overcoming cancer.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Patterson explained that she originally found a mole on her body that was later diagnosed as a stage four melanoma.
“I had a busted arm (during a challenge) which you didn’t see... That was a big part of my mental downfall as well,” she told the publication.
“They misdiagnosed me while I was there, and I was in a fair amount of pain, and that didn’t help me going forward either.
“When I got home I got four screws in my shoulder, but there is a silver lining to it, it’s a blessing in disguise.
“My sister and friend were massaging me and they said I had a funny mole and I should get it checked out.
“Within a week I was diagnosed with a grade four melanoma, so that is my next big challenge now.”
The 50-year-old Byron Bay local said she is confident she will overcome this illness.
“It’s not a good one to have, but let’s just hope they have got it early enough,” she said.
“They are going to take some lymph nodes and mess my back up a bit, but let’s just get it out.”
A spokesperson on behalf of Endemol Shine Australia - the production company behind Australian Survivor - revealed they took Patterson’s on-screen injury very seriously.
“Endemol Shine Australia takes the health and safety of our Survivor contestants very seriously,” a statement to News Corp said.
“Being involved in physical challenges and living in the Samoan jungle can mean contestants occasionally have injuries and doctors are always on standby.
“The contestants continue to be under our care on return if they have any ongoing injuries or require medical attention.”
This article originally appeared on WHO.
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