Certain smells trigger memories of captivity for Michelle Knight

Five years after she escaped from Ariel Castro’s basement, Michelle Knight says she still experiences moments when a smell or object triggers memories of her time in captivity.

"One of the meals he made for us was hot dogs, rice and eggs, all cooked in bacon grease and all served together in a bowl," she told NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today. "I get a nauseous feeling when I smell that."

Other "certain smells," she said — describing how Castro would cover himself in Tommy Hilfiger and Old Spice colognes — flood her with memories, too. As do "light fixtures with chain pulls," like those that bound her.

Knight — who was 21 at the time of her 2002 abduction — was one of three women who escaped from Castro's Cleveland dungeon when he forgot to lock a door in 2013.

Knight spent 11 years chained to a pole in Castro’s basement.

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Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, pauses to wipe away tears as she reads her statements during the sentencing of her accused kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. Three women imprisoned for a decade in a Cleveland home spoke of their abuse in person, via video or through representatives on Thursday at a court hearing where their abductor is expected to be formally sentenced to life in prison. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, reads her statements during the sentencing of her accused kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. Three women imprisoned for a decade in a Cleveland home spoke of their abuse in person, via video or through representatives on Thursday at a court hearing where their abductor is expected to be formally sentenced to life in prison. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, reacts as she attends the sentencing of accused kidnapper Ariel Castro at a court hearing in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. Witnesses testified in graphic terms on Thursday how Castro abducted three women and imprisoned them for a decade in his home, where he sometimes kept them in chains, isolated from each other and without regular meals. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT)
Michelle Knight, one of the three kidnapped women, smiles as she appears in court for the sentencing of accused kidnapper Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. Witnesses testified in graphic terms on Thursday how Castro abducted three women and imprisoned them for a decade in his home, where he sometimes kept them in chains, isolated from each other and without regular meals. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY HEADSHOT)
Ariel Castro's attorney Craig Weintraub holds an emergency room photo of Michelle Knight that was taken on the day of her escape during Castro's sentencing on kidnapping, rape and murder in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Ariel Castro (C), 53, speaks towards one of his victims Michelle Knight while seated between attorneys Craig Weintraub (L) and Jaye Schlachet in the courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Michelle Knight (2nd from left) reads statements while supported by her attorney (L) and friend as her accused assailant Ariel Castro (R) sits in the courtroom during Castros sentencing of kidnapping, rape and murder in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Ariel Castro (C), 53, stands between attorneys Craig Weintraub (L) and Jaye Schlachet as his sentence is read to him by judge Michael J. Russo in the courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio August 1, 2013. An Ohio judge on Thursday sentenced Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro to life in prison for abducting, raping and holding captive three women for as long as 11 years, and murder for forcing one of the women to abort her pregnancy. Cuyahoga County Judge Michael Russo imposed the prison sentence after an emotional court hearing at which one of Castro's victims, Michelle Knight, 32, said the former school bus driver put her through a life of hell. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: A screenshot from a video released by the three victims of Ariel Castro, (L-R) Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, is displayed during Castro's sentencing at the Cleveland Municipal Courthouse on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was sentenced to life without parole plus one thousand years for abducting the women between 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight waits to address the court during the trial of Ariel Castro on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight was abducted, along with Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, by Castro and held captive for 11 years. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Cleveland Police officers assemble a model of the home where Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Georgina 'Gina' DeJesus were held captive by Ariel Castro in The Cleveland Municipal Courthouse on August 1, 2013. Castro abducted the women in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004 when they were 14 to 21 years old. They escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight sits with her attorney during the sentencing of Ariel Castro on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was sentenced to life without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images) (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight (L) addresses the court while Ariel Castro (R) listens in the background on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was in court awating his sentence for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight (2L) addresses the court while Ariel Castro (R) listens in the background on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was in court awating his sentence for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
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"The first time I was actually able to sit outside, feel the sun, it was so warm, so bright," Knight, now 37, told NBC News about her initial days out of the cellar. "It was like God was shining a big light on me."

After the women bolted — thanks to quick thinking by fellow captive Amanda Berry, who screamed for help from neighbors — Castro was arrested. He hanged himself in prison soon after.

Knight was repeatedly raped by Castro, according to police, and although she became pregnant by him five times, she suffered repeated miscarriages from Castro's beatings.

Now married, Knight and her husband Miguel still live in the Cleveland area, but she changed her name to Lily Rose Lee. It's possible that the couple won't be able to have their own children because of the physical abuse Knight suffered, but they're considering adoption, NBC reports.

Knight recalled for Kelly that Castro would tell her that "happiness was not for me and that it would never happen to me," but Knight, the author of a recently released second memoir, "Life After Darkness," said that she has "found joy in my life."

"Now I have a chance to make my own destiny," she said.

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