NAMI’s 40th Anniversary, Nate Cannon’s Personal NAMI Journey, Ep. 4

(Recorded 12/09/2016) Nate Cannon ( is a writer, runner, and avid advocate for transgender and disability rights, mental health awareness, and chemical dependency education. Carrying with him twelve years of sobriety, Nate has completed ten marathons since 2009 despite the onset of acquired dystonia, a painful and progressive neurological disorder. He speaks regularly to educators, health care providers, and readers regarding his experiences being transgender and in recovery, living with both mental illness and a physical disability.

Running on a Mind Rewired, Nate’s first memoir, was written under his former name Jennifer and has been adopted into chemical dependency and mental health curricula at high schools, colleges, treatment centers, and hospitals around the country. Nate is an MFA candidate at Hamline University where he is finishing his second memoir, addressing the complexities of both the healthcare system and his gender transition.

Nate is a NAMI Minnesota volunteer presenter in the NAMI “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) program through which he shares his personal mental illness recover story.

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