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This is the one-stop shopping catch-all website for me, Kyle Garlett - the guy to the right with his arms raised and the “Recycled Heart” logo emblazoned proudly on his chest.

I am a writer. Click ahead to the page “My Writing” and you can read about the three books that I’ve written that are currently in bookstores and for sale on
Heart of Iron My most recent book is my memoir, Heart of Iron. It's a telling of my life, from an initial cancer diagnosis at age 18, through three more battles with blood cancer, a bone marrow transplant, a secondary leukemia, and eventually a heart transplant. Since then, however, the world has turned. I now compete in triathlon and in 2009 I became the first heart transplant recipient to ever compete at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

By trade my professional writing began in the world of sports, and my first two books reflect a "sports should not be taken too seriously" point of view. They are both fun, light, and informative reads, miles away from the worlds of cancer and heart transplantation.

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I am a motivational speaker. In the above mentioned story about my cancer I detail the four separate battles that I was forced to face from the ages of 18 to 26. All told, I survived 54 months of chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. There were many days and nights were I was convinced that death was right around the corner. But I fought on and persevered, even when chemotherapy led to a secondary leukemia diagnosis. Even when chemotherapy left my heart damaged, and my body in need of a transplant, I didn't just survive, I thrived. The death that I feared, never came. The life that I kept focused on stayed full and beautiful and enveloping. To read more about my battles with cancer and heart disease please check out the page “My Health History.” Or if you’re interested in hiring me as a motivational speaker and reading more about my life as a speaker, please check out the page “My Speaking.”

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I’m also a triathlete. Although I readily admit that there are probably more than a few triathletes who would balk at my inclusion among them. Eleven months after my heart transplant, with the help of the Team In Training program, I crossed the finish line of my first race, the 2007 Nautica Malibu Triathlon. Since then I have done more events, longer races, and in 2009 I became the first heart transplant recipient to ever compete at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. That’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and then a full 26.2 mile marathon. If you’d like to read about the challenges that a heart transplant recipient faces while training for an Ironman, please click on the page “My Ironman Quest.”

Kyle Garlett - From Heart Transplant to Ironman Triathlon on Facebook