A “bad day” in the life of a former Survivor contestant’s wife is being revealed to her by her ex-partner.
The ex-husband of the man who played the game’s youngest player was revealed to have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and said he had to endure a “couple of bad days”.
But the former contestant has spoken of how it was hard to come to terms with his own death, describing it as the “worst day of my life”.
The Survivor: Heroes vs Villains cast member, who has since become a mother, told 7.30 he was forced to confront the loss of his wife and her children when she was diagnosed with PTSD in late 2011.
“I didn’t want to be a father to her children and I felt like I was missing something.
I was like, ‘Why am I going through this?'”
The ex was diagnosed in a New York hospital in 2012 and had a second bout of PTSD in 2015, but he said he managed to overcome the second episode by attending a counselling session.
“It was a little bit scary at first, because I knew what was coming, but I was able to overcome it, and then it was just like, I’m going to take my medicine,” he said.
“Afterwards, I was in a hospital bed and I didn’t think about anything, but then I started to get nightmares and it got worse and worse.”
Mr Trudell, who said he met his ex-wife while filming the upcoming season, told the program she struggled with depression and anxiety and had to be isolated to cope with her PTSD.
“The only time I saw her was when she had to come home, which is scary,” he added.
“She had to go back home to her family, but she had a terrible time there, and she had flashbacks to it.”
She was a really, really good mother, she was an incredible wife.
It was hard for her to be away from her children.
“[The stroke] wasn’t something that could’ve happened to anybody else, and so I just got it. “
But the worst day of all was when he had a stroke and I couldn’t see him, I couldn’nt talk to him, he couldn’t get up,” she said.
Mr Ryden, who was cast as a Survivor: Worlds Apart contestant in the same season, said he was not a fan of the show’s approach to grief and that he had no regrets about quitting the game. “
There was nothing I could do to change the situation.”
Mr Ryden, who was cast as a Survivor: Worlds Apart contestant in the same season, said he was not a fan of the show’s approach to grief and that he had no regrets about quitting the game.
“They [Survivor: Heroes] have this attitude of, ‘If you’re good, we can help you, we’ll help you.
But if you’re bad, we’re not going to help you’,” he said, adding it was difficult to be with a loved one when you were suffering from a mental illness.
“That’s what it’s about: You want to help them, you want to give them a little piece of you and that’s not going too well, is it?”
Survivor: Survivors airs on Channel Seven on Monday night at 9:00pm.
The ABC has contacted Survivor Australia for comment.