Amanda Keller reveals her husband Harley has Parkinson’s disease

It's been six years since the diagnosis, but she's only sharing their story now.

Amanda Keller has revealed her husband of 33 years, Harley Oliver, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago.

During her latest episode of the Double A Chattery podcast, an emotional Amanda revealed she’s avoided having this conversation until it felt like the right time.

“Harley has Parkinson’s disease,” the Living Room host said. “This has impacted him and us and the way we live our lives in many different ways.”

Amanda first realised something was wrong when she noticed her partner dragging his foot around the house, as well as his hands shaking. While Harley put it down to an old cricket injury, Amanda knew something more sinister was at play.

Upon getting the official diagnosis, Amanda confessed she and Harley were “completely numb”.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 6:  Radio personality Amanda Keller and her husband attend the Careflight Bare Bear Ball at the Menzies Hotel on August 6, 2005 in Sydney, NSW, Australia.  (Photo by Paul McConnell/Getty Images)
Amanda and Harley have been married for over 30 years.

“At the beginning I was cross with him,” the presenter confessed. “I thought, ‘Why isn’t he fighting it?’ But I’ve come to see you can’t control this. I’ve become kinder and sadder.”

Amanda clarified she won’t be talking about the diagnosis all the time, but wanted to rip the Band-Aid off and tell everyone.

She then brought in her husband to chat about his disease.

“It’s been a journey between us,” he said to his wife. “It’s a constant thing; it’s every day. Because it’s a progressive disease, you can’t tell how long it’s going to last before it really starts to bite.”

Harley went on to say he’s “lucky” that the disease is “so slow” and he can develop tactics to fight it, adding that there are other people a lot worse off than him.

Amanda and Harley with their oldest son, Liam.

The emotional interview ended with the couple trading words of support and love.

“You can’t choose your dismount, but I always choose you,” Amanda said to her husband, while he added how grateful he is to have her strength by his side.

Amanda first met Harley while she was a researcher for the children’s show Simon Townsend’s Wonder World! Her future husband was a producer on the show. The pair married in 1989 and now share two sons, Liam and Jack, after fertility struggles.

“Amanda is a very full-on mum,” Harley told The Weekly in 2022. “But she’s a very natural mum as well. She’s good at talking to them. And getting them to talk back, which is a skill!”

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