This is the second instalment of Mamamia’s ‘Sport Siren’ series – where we will shine a spotlight on a brilliant Aussie athlete every single Saturday.
This is Kelly Cartwright’s story…
Returning to work is daunting for any new mum, but when your job requires hard-core workouts seven days a week, not to mention the possibility of overseas travel, it’s especially formidable.
Kelly Cartwright has never shied away from a challenge, however.
The Paralympic gold medallist was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer in her leg.
With no option for chemotherapy or radiation treatment, the Geelong teenager, who dreamed of being a national netball star, was told her best chance at survival was to amputate part of her right leg.
“There was the unknown of whether I would even walk again, let alone play sport,” Cartwright told Mamamia.
“It happened so quickly, my life was turned upside down within seconds.