She believed she could so she did

Kerryn Harvey



I will be presenting my personal journey, from becoming an amputee 6 years ago and almost losing my life, through a long recovery and rehabilitation and then successfully rebuilding myself, and talking about the strategies adopted to overcome incredible odds.


Kerryn Harvey is a medical miracle, a story of survival, and never giving up.

In 2000, aged 35, Kerryn was diagnosed with stage III Bowel Cancer requiring a bowel resection and 6 months of chemotherapy.

In 2013, aged 47, Kerryn contracted a life threatening flesh-eating bacteria, as a result of a seemingly minor cycling accident, in Adelaide. Radical surgery was required to save Kerryn’s life and a right forequarter amputation (arm and shoulder) was performed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. After the operation, Kerryn repeatedly battled against the odds and survived.

6 years on and Kerryn has rebuilt her world and is living an active, busy and fulfilling life. Her achievements include:

  • Owner/operator of her own Personal Training/Presenter business aptly named Nine Lives Training
  • Founding Director of charity START Foundation – Empowering Amputees in Life Through Sport
  • Member of the Australian Elite Paratriathlon Team

Kerryn has a passion for sport, particularly the sport of triathlon, and attributes her incredible recovery from her life threatening battles back to good health to her fitness.

“Regaining my fitness and returning to the sports I love gave me the confidence to believe that anything is possible”.