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Memoirs of a Runaway: A Story of Hope
cover.jpgthe Latest Highly-Anticipated Autobiography Book from Author Michael Kennon. Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Memoirs of a Runaway: A Story of Hope Based on a True Story Written by Michael Kennon, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Autobiography category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $10.95.
 
The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/memoirs was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.
 

Not too long ago I heard her say, "I never met a drug I didn't like." Even if she lives through everything that she's doing to herself and her loved ones, what will her consequences be in the end? I heard that this same young lady has been running away from home, having sex with multiple partners, has been into very heavy drugs and other criminal activities. Since her parents, police and court systems have done the best they could to intervene, they will now have to sit idly by and just hope for the best. She was so sweet, so young, so innocent. How did this happen? She's only thirteen. I wish I couldn't relate... but I can.
 
Michael Kennon is the CEO and President of Kennon Transport, LLC, a successful trucking business he runs with his wife, Sue.  Before owning his own company, Mike was a runaway and was virtually homeless for most of his childhood and young adulthood.  To survive on the road, Mike drove trucks, sold encyclopedias, hustled pool, was a baker, ski instructor, sous chef, drug dealer just to name a few.   Drugs and other dependencies took over Mike's life to the point that he could not accept help when it was offered, nor could he stop running away from a past that haunted him. While now blessed with what he has achieved in his life and in his personal and family relationships, things were much different at one time.  "Memoirs of a Runaway:  A Story of Hope" is a tale of survival and spirituality.  Isolation and reconnection.  Most of all, it is a hand reaching out to those who travel down the same troubled path; a story of hope.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ***UPDATE ON MOM'S BOOK !!  IT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT BUT RESEARCHING COSTS TO REPRINT !! 'The Allergy Survival Guide and Cookbook' By Carolyn Stone and Janice Beima. ***Read June 22nd blog about moms book below and  "Fond Remembrances of Janice C. Beima: 1937-2009" By Dr. Gary Oberg.

  
  
I read a staggering statistic that said one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 17 will run away. 'Memoirs of a Runaway' is a story based on the life of a young man who ran away at a very early age but overcame the odds. Memoirs is an inspiring tale about hope and survival. (I should know... I lived it !!)
 
 

"I loved it...It HELD my interest! The ending and nearing the end of the book was especially great. I think your book will inspire many kids/adults that are runaways or having rough times in their own lives." --Janice Lansel

"I'm almost done with the book. I've gotten to the last chapter now and i don't want it to end ! I just really like this book and the character so much. And I read a lot of books !" --Sandra Ruemker

"Wow! You certainly have quite a story to share. You have been through so much. Where some people might have given up you persevered and have done so much. Your work demonstrates strong writing with a nice flow; your narrative voice is fantastic. You really have done a nice job discussing this subject. Your book is nicely put together; books like yours provide insight for many. I liked the way you chose to set up your text. It hooked me right from the start...the baseball story is truly amazing." --Jennifer Rush
 
  
  
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When I reached San Diego, a bunch of bikers pulled up in front of me.  I went up to them, unafraid of any danger that might be lurking.  As I approached them, one of the bikers said, “Hey kid!  Don’t you know it is dangerous to hitchhike out here?”
            “Ah, man.  I’m glad you’re here to protect me then,” I replied.  I began to think I was going to finally die when the bikers looked at each other and started laughing.

“Where are you going?” the biker asked.

“No clue,” I answered.

“Well, jump on.  We’ve been there several times, and we’ll sure take you right to it,” he responded.

I jumped on a bike driven by the gang’s smallest biker.  If I had to end up fighting someone, I wanted him to be the one.  After driving for a while, we stopped to stretch our feet.  One of the bikers asked me if I had ridden before, and I told him that I had ridden dirt bikes and bikes on ice in Crystal Lake.  They gave me an old 67 Triumph Bonneville to ride, and we toured around for quite a bit.  After a while, they had somewhere to go which clearly did not include me, but they told me to keep the bike and drove off.  I drove around Orange County toward the beach.  It occurred to me that the bike was probably hot and not registered, and I became nervous.  I rode the bike for one last time along the beach, parked it, and walked away.

 

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Monday, February 10, 2014

regarding 'memoirs of a runaway', book #2 and my health...
i know my writing/thinking has suffered greatly in the last 3 years. the truth is, it seems like a miracle (first, that i'm alive, but) that i wrote memoirs and got it published when i did cause shortly after is when i ended up in the er for 'unknown causes' (twice). many dementia type symptoms developed along with tinnitus and others to my already compromised immune system. 3 days ago, i saw another traditional doc and i'll share what's happening today.
 
3 days after doc visit... still have all my symptoms: sinus and head congestion, strong dull headache (like an 8!), fever 101.5, chills and sweating. sore throat, dry (painful) cough, sore lungs (even talking hurts), dizzy, some nausea, tinnitus ramped up (making it virtually impossible to hear or think!), symptoms of dementia (hard to think and memory is nil--reading or writing is with great difficulty). any (normal air temp) exposure to my skin it feels like it's freezing and i break out in cold sweats. couldn't get out of bed for several days this month. other than that, i feel great (kidding)! the worst part, i haven't kissed my wife in days!
 
i've had these symptoms (off and on) for 19 years now and have to admit, before (vegetable) juicing, i was putting on weight and my symptoms were double. in those 19 years, the severity of my pain and discomfort is rarely lower than a 6 (usually runs a 7-8 and once i was so delusional (10) my wife took me to the er). 
 
after years of testing i received a diagnosis, but treatment would be extremely expensive and virtually a lifestyle change. for now, it's back to traditional docs, which unfortunately have never been much help. i'm living with what's been dealt and understand that for the most part, my symptoms are the consequences of my choices and actions. my mom worked for a environmental specialist, allergist and diagnostician for 31 years. she wrote a book, was a certified nutritionist and taught diet classes (just to name a few of her accomplishments). for years i had lost faith in God. these were the 2 i should've listened to !!
 
unfortunately, traditional docs will only 'mask' the symptoms (mainly drugs), they are not as interested in your history or getting to the root cause or the cure. believe it or not, antibiotics are believed to be one of the culprits toward my symptoms (antibiotics have been prescribed to me 17 of the last 19 years and prior years as well).
 
there are reputable facilities i trust to treat chronic illnesses like i have. one's actually right here in florida. but it will take a miracle to afford it. 
 
i'm not going to get into all of my history here, but lets just say since i didn't take care of one thing, another developed and so on. my mom was in the health field since i was 14 (as told in the book) and assisted some of the top doctors in alternative medicine. brilliant doctors/specialists confided in my mom for her research and many times did the research for them. my bro and i were her biggest motivators because of our illnesses. 
 
besides being tested and treated by my mother, janice beima, i went to 3 specialists who have 150 years (combined) experience and are some of the top in their field. 2 were conferring on my case and have treated me for decades (and have helped thousands!). some of their #prognosis (recently)... fungal sinus infection, systemic fungal infection. bleeding ulcer in esophagus, severe exacerbation of allergies and/or sinusitis and/or a lung infection (viral vs. bacterial vs. fungal), severe gastrointestinal dysbiosis. past and present symptoms/keywords, #adhd, #dementia, #sinusitis, #gerd, #inflammation, #dyslexia, #headache, #coldsweats, #antibiotics, #drugs, #immunesystem, #allergy, #tinnitus, #fever, #cough, #sorethroat, #poormemory, #chronicillnesses #deficient #vitamins #minerals ...believe it or not, i had other/different chronic issues, including #depression, #bronchitis, and #fatigue--just as severe--when i was young and experienced a symptoms switch.
 
if you can think of a remedy for these and other symptoms, i've probably tried most...twice, along with experimental ones only those in their field knew about. if you read my book, i also described i had a horrible diet, chemical and inhalant allergies and an energy level that was off the charts. (and unfortunately, smoked for 13 years, and self medicated (drugs) for over a decade; thankfully, don't do either now.)
 
a doctor once told me i was so deficient in magnesium, vitamin b and vit a (something like that) that i would not make it to my 19th birthday. on my 38th birthday, almost identical results (one test result said my magnesium level was not even on the chart). i've learned (very well) how to hide my ailments and have practically mastered it (that's another story).
 
the point? obviously i'm determined to fight it. it's only with Gods intervention i'm still here... but i'm tired. i'm not going to pretend to ask God why. He knows what he's doing and i have complete faith! but i still have to do my part and unless i find a way to get in a treatment center that can treat these types of symptoms i may always have an uphill battle. simply put, i'm still Gods mess.
 
if i could afford it, this would be my top pick... http://gerson.org/, www.facebook.com/GersonInstitute (another long story. but, if i had #cancer, which i don't think i do, there is no where else i'd want to go. i know some of their track record, personally, and i think they could cure me as well). 
 
btw, think this was easy for me to write? it took an entire day.
 
#runaway, #memoirs, #health, #writing, #miracle, #nutritionist, #doctor, #diet, #cure, #choices #message #god, #gersoninstitute
10:33 pm est 

Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 year in review...
went to wisc to see my daughter, grandkids and newest grandson and meet josh and family. finished strong in my 1st golden tee tournament. vacationed with friends in pompano beach. lots of exploring florida with my best friend and love of my life (which, yes, is still the wife)! mark n maria came to visit. got to give away the bride and one of the most beautiful girls i've ever seen (even if she is my daughter).
 
it's been a great year! cant believe our grandson (kaleb) is a year old today !! happy birthday kaleb !!! and granddaughter (sierra) is 9 weeks already. time's just a flyin !! work's going better then can be expected. and health is vastly improving--due to juicing. bottom line, we're blessed!
 
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11:07 am est 

Monday, February 25, 2013

2012: A Year in Review

Kaleb born Dec 20thit was another challenging year (not necessarily a bad thing). trucking slowed to a standstill around thanksgiving and because i was indulging a bit more around the holidays my health issues kicked into gear again. we also recently lost our uncle. but god has been phenomenal thru it all !! allowing us to fly up and see our new grandson, kaleb, born dec 20th. god continues to provide for us and pay all our bills, allowing us to be cheerful givers and have peace and confidence during troubling times. i may have even graduated to the 6th grade of my spiritual journey--because in the end, it's just like working out--the more challenging life becomes, the more i exercise my faith and the stronger i become !! and, sue and i still continue to have a love affair going on 17 years (another miracle) !! http://www.facebook.com/yearinreview/overeager

 

 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

10 year anniversary...with god.
i used to say that i'm in about the 4th grade of my spiritual journey (and man do i still have a long ways to go)...but i'm eternally grateful i'm no where near who/where i used to be (it's all in the book !!.
 
i'm learning that when we forgive, love and live not under law but under grace (having a relationship with him), we are truly living in the abundance of god and in his will !!
 
i've also learned that i can be a blessing, not a burden. that i can be a contributing, functional member of society.
 
if you've read 'memoirs of a runaway' you know that i believe god was and is working in this mans life. it is my vision to provide hope and encourage others when i can (hebrews 10:24--'24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.')
 
i believe our lives are living testimonies. i believe the more we know (about god) the better life becomes. again, i admit, i have a long ways to go, but at least i can say without a doubt--this man has a heart for god, and there's no changing that...period.
11:12 am edt 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Time to Reboot!

b4nafterjuicing3.jpgi hope to incorporate juicing into a healthier lifestyle and reboot my mind and body. here are some of the results from juicing in just over 60 days... have now lost 26 pounds, feeling much better and thinking much clearer. several symptoms are either gone or getting much better. prior to being diagnosed with a systemic fungal infection (mainly attacking esophagus, sinuses and brain) multiple doctors had prescribed antibiotics and prescriptions for years thinking it was bacterial. a year and a half ago i was admitted to the er twice and released with 'unknown cause'. even tho they did not find a cure they continued to prescribe medication (what my mom called 'masking the symptoms and not getting to the root cause'). now (due to juicing) besides supplements and herbs i'm down to less than a pill a day. it is my hope 'memoirs' will inspire people and i want to thank those who have recently inspired me. martha in our subdivision (who lovingly reminds me of my mom), joe cross and his documentary (watch the whole movie free off his website at www.fatsickandnearlydead.com), the movie 'super size me' (watch it on hulu... http://www.hulu.com/watch/63283 -- better than i thought it would be) and a very informative film called 'eating 3rd edition' (www.ravediet.com/whatsinfilm.html). i know that 60 days of juicing cannot cure a lifetime of abuse but i'm more encouraged than ever--in terms of a better diet and proper health.

 

 

 

10:40 am edt 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

'Fat Sick and Nearly Dead'
as some of you may know, i've had health issues for most of my life,
well, i'm tired of being tired and may never change unless i do something about it!
the answer for me (i hope) is juicing...let me explain...my mom had cancer before she died--but did not die of cancer. mom had just discovered juicing was making the tumor shrink, but it was too late. i do not have cancer (that i know of) but like me, she had multiple ailments even though she was athletic most of her life...and looked great (even modeled til she was 39).
my wife and i just went to a juicing class where we watched 'fat sick and nearly dead' http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/. i'm hoping we can add ourselves to one of the testimonies !!
wish us luck (wife is doing this too) !!
will blog more about it later...
3:45 pm edt 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

update on florida living. writing the next book. and another blurb from 'memoirs'.
my wife (sue) turned to me and said, 'well, is this where you saw yourself when you were making that 5 year plan?' my response was emphatically 'NO!'. no offense to floridians, but florida was not even on my list of places I wanted to live. at least, not yet. our kids (we moved down here for) like theme parks and they say there's so much to do. sue and i like theme parks but really only went maybe once a year (if that). sue seems very content just hanging out and watching the grandson, but i'm going stircrazy. even when i retire, i doubt i'll retire. so, how did we end up in a retirement community? that's a whole nother story! well, when we finally did decide to make this move, we knew we could be positive influences on our grandson and wanted to spend more time with family here. we also love the beach and florida really does have a lot to offer. unfortunately, about the time we moved here (just over a year ago) my health started deteriorating. i think one of the worst 'symptoms' that recently increased was tinnitus. i described 'ringing in my ears' in a story when i was about 16 during one of my runaway experiences. here's a short excerpt from the book...

'I decided to start hitchhiking towards California. I was picked up by a guy who said he was a roadie for one of the bands that was going to be at the California Jam and that he had their drum set. We talked all the way there, and he said he could get me a backstage pass. I was thrilled and once we got there, we started doing mushrooms and smoking joint after joint. I passed out next to one of the huge speakers by the stage. I woke up and wanted to leave because it was so loud that my ears hurt. I could hardly remember watching the concert or meeting anyone because I was so stoned. All I could hear was a ringing in my ears and knew that I suffered permanent damage to my hearing. Life was becoming a constant, loud, confusing haze.'

Last year I felt a shock wave go thru my body and it felt like my eardrums were being blown out. now it's like someone turned up the (ringing in my ears) volume by 80% (i think sinus infections were the culprit). even though tinnitus has become extremely annoying, if you're read 'memoirs' you know that i've lived in the land of adversity and this is just another nuisance. the bad thing is, i think it's one of those deterrents that has kept me from writing this next book. i never seem to have a clear head anymore. but, i'm adjusting! i heard a good story from a movie we watched last night. i'm paraphrasing, but it said this guy heard a constant noise that was driving him crazy, until he knew that he was either going to have to live with it or go insane. he decided to embrace the noise and suddenly it became like music to his ears. i think it was a true miracle i was able to author that first book and i'm sure the passion of writing, traveling and enjoying life to the fullest is just around the corner. but, i know that sometimes life has other plans. so as long as i keep god first in my life and trust him, everything will be perfect (even if it's not). if you've been waiting in anticipation for that next book (or to have mike back), thank you for your patience !!
5:43 pm edt 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

trucking and next book
trucking business did well and kept me busy in the month of january !! hope that's a sign of things to come !! still getting sinus infections/headaches which makes it hard to think/write, but got a good outline written for the next book. read the first 14 pages of 'memoirs' and sue's 40th birthday story (for free) and check out the reviews page
9:50 pm est 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 !!
Hope everyone has a happy, healthy, prosperous new year !!
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