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Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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"Kyle Garlett's journey of overcoming incredible physical, emotional, and psychological battles is a testament to his internal willpower and tenacity. His inspirational story is an absolute must read!"—Dave Scott, six-time Ironman world champion


“Kyle Garlett is truly the face of courage in the mind-blowing story of survival against all odds. Delivered with humor reminiscent of author Bill Bryson, Kyle takes us on a journey that makes you gasp out loud at what he had to endure physically and mentally year after year, yet also laugh out loud at his approach to it all. This book is hard to put down.” —Phil Keoghan, founder of No Opportunity Wasted and Emmy Award-winning host of The Amazing Race


“If you’ve heard Kyle speak, you know that he tells the story of his incredibly difficult journey through life with a humorist’s touch. His book, Heart of Iron, is no different. It is heartbreaking at times, even tragic. But it is also funny, very inspiring, and ultimately triumphant.  You will feel differently about the joys of life and the strength of the human spirit after reading this story.” —Chris Klug, five-time World Cup snowboarding champion, three-time Olympian, and liver transplant recipient


“Kyle’s commitment throughout to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and our Team In Training program, both ways to celebrate his own victory over cancer while raising funds and awareness to help others beat cancer, is truly inspiring.” —John Walter, president and CEO of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


"A compassionate celebration of the human spirit that doesn't gloss over tough realities."—Kirkus Reviews


"A truly inspiring story"—Booklist

About the Author

Kyle Garlett is an author, a motivational speaker, and a freelance sportswriter. He has written for ESPN The Magazine and FOXSports.com, and his previous books include What Were They Thinking? and The Worst Call Ever! He was named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2011 Man of the Year for Greater Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613740050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613740057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an avid reader, and so I don't use these words lightly.

This is a Very Good book.

This is not just a feel good (although it does), triumph over hardship (although he does) reflection causing (although I did) story. I'm not a professional book reviewer or writer and so there is a great disconnect between how I fell and what I think about the book and how I can pen that here.

Kyle took his journey and gave me snapshot moments of world events that really put his timeline for his multi year battle, with both his cancer and heart transplant, into perspective. I was surprised at how many times I really laughed, (who knew nose hairs were so important?) and even more so by how many times I cried (upon seeing the faces of his parents after his transplant). Not because the story is sad, because it is anything but sad, but because Kyle details his hope and courage and desire to win in such a way that for just a few pages, I was in that journey too.

I'll be buying more copies for friends who are Ironman atheletes, cancer surviors or patients and friends who just really appreciate a well written and told story.

OH, and I'll be watching for Kyle to finish in Kona!
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Kyle Garlett has been fighting cancer for over half his life. His story is a compelling study of man faced with overwhelming odds in the battle against cancer in 4 separate times over 20 years, surviving a heart transplant, and then completing triathlons. Don't tell Kyle Garlett the word "no." His body, battle scared from countless rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation, is sustained by a titanium hip, an artificial shoulder implant, a pacemaker, another man's donated heart, and a dream to go on living a normal life. Yet he has the courage to tackle on of the most formidable challenges in the athletic arena, the infamous Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a full 26.2 mile marathon, all in the same day). Kyle's contributions in philanthropy, cancer causes, and organ transplant advocacy are just as breathtaking as the distance he goes. He truly has the will of iron and a heart of gold.

He has an extraordinary story to tell. And this is certainly worth the read.
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I read Kyle's book in a total of four hours. His story is absolutely amazing. While continuing to battle for some type of normalcy in his life, he still managed to keep his sense of humor. For anyone who has or is waging their own battles, this book would help them understand that the light at the end of their tunnel isn't always a train!!!

When I finished reading it, I shared it with a close friend who doesn't usually have the time or the desire to read books and she finished it in a very short time because she too was so inspired and mesmerized by Kyle's story.

It's amazing what this young man has gone through. He will an inspiration to many people, probably not fully realizing that the little pebble of his life cast into this great pond has such far reaching effects.
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It's not often a book makes you re-evaluate your life and challenges you to overcome any obstacle in your path, no matter how insurmountable it may seem. Heart of Iron is extremely well-written and allows a glimpse into one ordinary man's life as he is forced to deal with two decades of devastating illness. Kyle Garlett's courage, will-power and dignity in the face of extreme odds give hope that we all have the ability rise above life's challenges and achieve something truly great. There aren't enough stars on the chart to rate this one - just get it now, you'll be glad you did.
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A truly remarkable story that will inspire you to look beyond your doubts and fears and discover the beauty of life. Kyle writes with such detail that it is as if you are experiencing his fear, his sorrow, his pain, and his exhilaration for life with him. A true hero to anyone struggling to find the courage to face their own reality.
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I read your book end to end in 1 day....WOW....You reached ultra Ironman status in my book when you tell about your FIRST doctor's visit. Words don't normally describe the experiences you went though, one by one, so well written, and truely a masterpiece, like a work of fine art. Your story I am so thankful you had the courage to share your gifts with the world. Your outlook on life and the experiences you shared have in my opinion have wisdom far beyond most. Thank you for allowing us to share and enjoy this journey with you that few would have the courage to live through, let alone let it become such an amazing gift to anyone lucky enough to hear your story. One last comment; Those who haven't READ THE BOOK!!!...You will NOT put it down!!!
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By cande on November 13, 2011
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Four bouts with cancer and its devastating treatments, two joint replacements, and a heart transplant later, Kyle Garlett's amazing life story is recounted in his memoir with humor, hope, and inspiration. All of us face things that at the moment feel insurmountable to us. Few, if any of us, have faced what this man has faced and lived to tell about it. This is a putting-life-in-perspective book. It also is a reminder of how strong human will can be and how precious the moments are of the life we do have. Truly, this is a must read and a gift to all of us who face difficult choices. It is also an invaluable companion for those affected by cancer and heart disease. As the author himself says, "Human beings and their spirits are strong and resilient, yet life itself is frail and easily extinguished. Those coexisting contradictions make life all the more beautiful to behold."
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