Sophie Dillman has been transparent about how painful and uncomfortable having endometriosis is.
However, the 29-year-old performer claimed that via her portrayal of Ziggy Astoni in Home and Away, she was able to find the underlying benefits.
She claimed in an interview with the Herald Sun on Saturday that Ziggy’s self-assurance had helped her cope with the symptoms and see herself as a role model for other women.
The former nurse admitted, when talking about her anxiety about being on television because of the severe bloating her disease created, “It was an extremely hard transition.”
“And I would keep trying to tell myself that Ziggy wouldn’t give a damn about how she looked.” Ziggy has complete self-love, which was quite consoling to me.
Second, I believe that if I had seen someone on television with the same symptoms when I was younger and first experiencing them, I might have felt less alone.
Dillman continued by expressing her hope that her presence on television “may make one person feel less alone.”
The admission comes in response to rumours that Dillman and her on-again, off-again co-star Patrick O’Connor are quitting the programme.
The couple were absent from a fresh group shot Lynne McGranger teased for the upcoming season.
The Channel Seven show’s Irene, played by McGranger, revealed to followers on Instagram that the couple’s final scenes were shot in August.
As soon as fans discovered Dillman and O’Connor were’missing’ from the cast shot, the actress was replying to comments.
McGranger could be seen posing with the cast members of the show as well as newcomer Kyle Shilling, who will play Mali Hudson, in the image she shared to her stories.