Amanda Keller reveals her ‘anger’ as she struggled to accept her husband’s  Parkinson’s diagnosis: ‘I was fighting it’

Amanda Keller has bravely admitted that she was ‘angry’ when she learned her husband was seriously ill. 

The WSFM radio host tells this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine that it took her a long time to accept that her husband Harley was battling Parkinson’s disease.  

‘I’ve gone through a phase of being angry because I’d say things to him like, “Oh, come on, stand upright”, or “Your voice…”; I knew what it was, he’d been diagnosed’ the 62-year-old said. 

‘I knew what was going on but I found it hard to accept. And I feel now I’m very much on the path of acceptance – or that radical acceptance, as we speak about.’

She continued: ‘Some days that’s a phrase that I’m trying to live and other days I do feel it. But we’re both on the same page now. For a while I was kind of fighting it.’

Amanda Keller has admitted that she was ‘angry’ when she learned her husband was seriously ill. The WSFM radio host tells this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine that it took her a long time to accept that her husband Harley was battling Parkinson’s disease. Pictured in Stellar

Amanda revealed last October that her husband Harley Oliver has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for years.

She shared the news during an episode of her podcast Double A Chattery.

The breakfast radio host, who has been married to Oliver since 1989, explained her husband received the diagnosis about six years ago, but the couple had only now decided to discuss the disease publicly.

Parkinson’s is an incurable brain disorder characterised by uncontrollable movements, including shaking, stiffness, and challenges with balance and coordination.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of Parkinson’s tend to worsen over time.

'I've gone through a phase of being angry because I'd say things to him like, "Oh, come on, stand upright", or "Your voice…"; I knew what it was, he'd been diagnosed' the 62-year-old said. Pictured with her husband, who she married in 1989

‘I’ve gone through a phase of being angry because I’d say things to him like, “Oh, come on, stand upright”, or “Your voice…”; I knew what it was, he’d been diagnosed’ the 62-year-old said. Pictured with her husband, who she married in 1989

In January, Amanda broke down during her Jonesy and Amanda WSFM breakfast show over her husband’s illness. 

She was in the middle of an Australian Day segment alongside co-host Brendan Jones when she shared a personal message.

The pair were discussing ‘great Aussie songs that you make you feel good’ for their Australia Day-themed Fight for Your Flashback segment when Amanda burst into tears.

After selecting ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’, a 1982 song by Aussie singer Richard Clapton, as her ‘feel good’ tune, Amanda became choked-up.

‘As I get older, I see this song differently,’ she began.

‘There’s a lyric here [in the song] and I think of Harley who’s going through health battles. 

‘It says: ‘I wish time would stop 10 years ago’.’

She continued: ‘I’m learning slowly life’s always changing. 

‘Don’t waste time, but this is a lesson for all of us, whether it’s your kids leaving home, your parents passing away, we all have our challenges but hold on to every moment cause it’s so precious.’

Read more in this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine 

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