“I was petrified that I was going to lose my job.”
Sophie Dillman, a star of Home and Away, has been open about living with endometriosis and how she worried it would affect her career.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which tissue that resembles womb lining grows in other parts of the body, most frequently the ovaries and fallopian tubes, but also the bladder and intestines.
After receiving an endometriosis diagnosis ten years ago, the Ziggy Astoni actress underwent a number of surgeries. She exhibits signs like painful periods that cause vomiting fits and dizziness, as well as a swollen stomach that can make her appear bloated.
Dillman recently revealed that before learning how much the cast and crew supported her, she was afraid that she would be let go from the Australian soap opera because of the condition.
She told Yahoo Lifestyle, “When it first started happening, I was freaking out because you put pressure on yourself. Not that Home and Away has ever put any pressure on anyone to look a certain way body image-wise, and they feel really strongly about that.
“I struggled to fit that beauty ideal at the best of times, let alone when I’m swollen,” the author said. “I was petrified that I was going to lose my job because I couldn’t stick to a beauty ideal.”
But the Home and Away cast found ways to comfort Dillman on set and assisted her in managing the condition.
“They are outstanding. I’m allowed to put on a towel whenever I’m uneasy. I won’t need to wear a bikini, or they’ll alter how the scene functions “The actor spoke up.
When you’re in pain and self-conscious, that just makes it slightly simpler to go to a set and perform your duties.