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Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 1, 2011
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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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He has an extraordinary story to tell. And this is certainly worth the read.
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!
I found this book while looking for running stories to inspire my training, and it opened more than inspiration for me. Instead of running for solely my health, I've become involved in Team in Training. I run not only for my own fitness, but to eradicate blood cancers entirely. How many books have that kind of impact on readers?
Kyle's words will inspire you, make you laugh, invite you to cry, and break the wall of awkwardness we feel when we learn of a cancer diagnosis. Not only does he have a powerful story, he also writes with a deft voice that brings the reader into the period of his life during which he fought cancer and its aftermath.
No matter your motivation for choosing this book, you will not be disappointed.
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.