Nate Cannon penned the highly acclaimed memoir Running on a Mind Rewired under his former name, Jennifer Cannon. Growing up as a female, Jennifer became a crack addict at age 17 and nearly lost her life to an attempted suicide. She sustained multiple serious injuries during her adolescence and went on to battle depression and alcoholism for many more years. In 2004, she made a decision to do more than just get sober; she decided to get well. She began running and living a healthy life but in 2006 developed dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions and spasms leading to abnormal, often painful movements and postures.
She learned to adjust, persevere, and thrive in the face of this illness. In 2009, when she completed her first marathon, she became one of only a handful of people with dystonia to accomplish that feat. Jennifer came out as transgendered in 2011 and underwent gender reassignment in 2012. He now identifies as male.
Nate lives in Minneapolis and gives presentations and lectures on addiction, mental illness, brain injuries, and gender identity. Running on a Mind Rewired has since become a collegiate textbook and is being used as teaching tool and resource in treatment centers and hospitals throughout the region. Nate completed his fourth marathon (his first as a male) in October of 2012 and is now in the process of writing his second memoir.
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(Main) Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/runningrewired