Denise and her husband Chris Arthey were involved in a life-changing road accident while on a motorcycle road trip in 2008. They both lost their left legs above the knee. After a long and painful recovery, they were both able to resume the vocations they love. They both enjoy physical fitness, and Chris competes in endurance sports. Using prosthetic legs he has run marathons, competed in the British Paratriathlon Championships, climbed Kilimanjaro and trekked to Everest Base Camp.
They are both ambassadors for Blatchford who make their prostheses, helping with training, trade shows and conferences, product development and testing and have spoken to dozens of audiences about their experiences and what can be learned from them - overcoming adversity, staying safe and the critical importance of intervention, endurance sports, staying positive, and being thankful for every day. Denise’s teaching career has encompassed all ages from 5 to 18 years. They are both warm and engaging communicators, with hard-hitting insights about the important things in life. They can tailor their message to suit your objectives, audience and timing.
You can now buy their book Highway 35 here.
My husband and I both lost a leg when a drunk driver crashed into us, but we don’t feel resentful - our faith pulled us through
No one would have blamed Denise Arthley if she had been filled with anger after a drunk driver careered into her and her husband Chris, causing them both to have their left legs amputated. But instead of focusing on what she lost, Denise focused on what she still had with her faith guiding her through. Here’s her remarkable story.