Earning the Heart he Was Given | Derek Fitzgerald


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Recycled man is driven by the need to earn the heart, and second chance, he was granted. A diagnosis of cancer can change everything in your life - learning you need a new heart would cause many to give up. Derek Fitzgerald faced both of these challenges, even flat lining a few times before receiving a heart transplant. Yet he had the inner strength and drive to got from crawling to running to marathons to Ironman. This remarkable interview with our own Col. Time Nye is truly a testament to never giving up and to fighting for a life worth fighting for!

LESSONS Know when your head hits the pillow, you’ve done everything you can in that 24 hour period Anything is possible Keep your head in the game Take control of your life and be active Fight for a life worth fighting for Inspire others Enjoy life

LINKS https://www.recycledmanspeaks.com https://www.recycledman.com

TIME STAMPS 1:30 Interview begins with the Colonel & Derek 3:00 Dealing with a cancer diagnosis 4:30 Learning how to walk again 5:30 7 years of heart failure from Chemo. 7:30 Hoping to stay alive after dying a few times 9:45 Given a second chance at life: a heart transplant 10:30 Starting racing during recovery 11:15 Thanking the donor family for his life 12:30 The training regiment 14:30 After effects of a transplant 16:45 Earning every heartbeat 19:00 Fighting for a life worth living 22:15 The Colonel, Joe and Sefra discuss the interview and lessons learned 27:45 Let us know what’s holding you back from getting uncomfortable?!


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CREDITS: Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc. Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Sefra Alexandra- “Dr.” Johnny Waite is off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week. Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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