TOUGH Fallon Sherrock has come close to life-threatening organ failure and also coped with horrific online abuse.
So the prospect of facing a man on the Ally Pally oche was never going to faze this talented English darts star.
Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki came close to knocking out James Richardson in the first round on Sunday night but ultimately fell one leg short of making history.
But Sherrock made no mistake as she held her nerve to beat Ted Evetts in a five-set thriller.
It is more than five years since Sherrock’s world was rocked by news she had developed a serious kidney problem, just months after giving birth to son Rory.
Sherrock said: “About six months after I had my little boy in April 2014, I ended up getting a kidney disease.
“I started to feel unwell. I didn’t know what was going on until I was diagnosed.
'MOON FACE' TROLLS
“It was a worrying time. I started taking medication to weaken my immune system because that is what was attacking my kidneys.
“The problem was when I went on different medication, I suffered side effects.
“And the side effects caused ‘moon face’, where my face swelled up. It was a reaction.
“When I played in the BDO worlds on TV, I received a lot of criticism for how I looked.
“I’m not going to dwell on what someone has said if it doesn’t affect my life.
“I think that attitude helps to strengthen my character.”
Gradually, as the medication started to work and her facial swelling reduced, Sherrock gained some functionality in her kidneys again.
The 25-year-old says she is a lot healthier now.
Sherrock said: “When I play on stage, I have to drink a glass of water. I’m constantly drinking a lot of water to flush my kidneys out. That helps my body.”
Five-year-old Rory, who has autism, was watching at home as his mum KOd Evetts, 22, in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championship.
'MORE PRESSURE ON TED'
The Bucks star, who does not have an official nickname, was watching Suzuki’s match closely and noticed how the 3,100 capacity crowd heavily supported the female player.
And ahead of her opener, Sherrock said: “To win a match would mean everything to me.
“I’ve tried so hard to qualify for this. If I can make a ‘first’, I’d be delighted.
“I assumed the crowd would be with us women because it’s something they don’t see very often.
"People will put more pressure on Ted. No man wants to lose to a woman.
“He’ll probably get a lot of stick if he did.
"Ted is a nice bloke. I don’t think he’d let it faze him anyway.
“I’m very excited now. The drive up the hill was really exciting. That’s when reality hit home I had qualified.”