Are you glad you did “Survivor” even though you got so sick? Was it everything you hoped or expected it would be?
“It was. I wouldn’t take it back for anything. I hated the outcome, but we can’t all win the million dollars. Luck wasn’t in my favor that whole stay. Could’ve been better.”
When you left the show, what ended up being wrong? Was it the flu? What happened to you after we saw you leave?
“I was actually sick from the very, very beginning. Day one I started getting sick. I couldn’t keep anything down, lot of running back and forth to the bathroom and such. It was dehydration. I spent four days in the hospital. Lots of fluids and antibiotics later, I was slowly recovering.”
How hard was it to decide to leave? It sounds like you were a lot sicker than we knew.
“It was hard because I knew in the position I was in, the chances of the four-girl alliance — there’s not been very many episodes on Survivor where girls made an alliance and stuck with it. But I would make that decision again. I knew how sick I was. I covered that island from every nook and cranny, just sick everywhere. I stayed up all night tending the fire, trying to hide it from the tribe. It was pure hell.
But I would make the decision again if I ever got that sick. I have never been that sick in my entire life. I felt like the whole game, it just didn’t even show how upbeat and bubbly I normally am. It felt like I was fighting that sickness the whole time and just trying to keep it together. I felt like I was blacking out all the time. It just got to the point where I just couldn’t do it anymore. It was a decision I had to make for my health. 12 more hours, the doctor said 12 more hours, I knew it wasn’t going to get better in 12 more hours because I had fought it for so long. I don’t know how it would’ve went if I had stayed.”
Do you think Kalabaw can rally against Tandang, down two members right off the bat?
“At the time, I was glad that I at least I left the numbers even, still 3 to 3 [on Kalabaw]. Honestly, I was so upset about leaving and of course being sick and letting the girls down. But at that point, I was so sick, it was hard to wrap my mind around anything.
I knew they lost me, but they gained Denise. They gained Mama Guns. She’s a bad-a** in challenges, I thought they could keep winning. I was sorry to see that wasn’t the case.”
Who were you rooting for when you left the game?
“Once I left the game, I didn’t really know what was happening. They keep all that from you. I was hoping the girls on Kalabaw would kick a** and continue to win and keep the winning streak going, but once I left and I’m back at home and watching ‘Survivor,’ now, of course, I want Denise to win. I’m all about woman power.
Besides that, Skupin and Penner. Penner is an amazing, amazing guy. He basically coddled me when I was sick and I have to love him for that, so yeah, it’s between Denise, Penner and Skupin for me. I hope they win.”
“Survivor” airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.