Kenny Tipton is a pilot for a major commercial airline and a stage IV cancer survivor who tells his story with humor, flare, intimacy, and emotion. This book takes you on a high-powered ride through his cancer journey and life where you are right by his side through it all. When not flying, Kenny enjoys boating, photography, volunteering, or simply being with family. A volunteer with Canine Assistants, Kenny often can be seen acclimating/training the service dogs (golden and labrador retrievers) around town or swimming at the lake.
This book is about more than cancer: it is about letting ego go and sharing life in intimate details. It is about love and passion, about being humbled, making mistakes, finding the right path, relying on others to help in the simplest of tasks, and keeping and finding more faith than you thought possible.
The hardest part about cancer or any other debilitating disease is that so many people do not understand what the person is going through during this horrific time. On the outside, someone may look healthy, but people with these diseases are fighting incredible battles on the inside. Be mindful when you come across those who are not well. Show them compassion, show them understanding, show them any kindness you may have to offer. Leave judgment on the table; regardless of a person's past, no one deserves the pain of loneliness and disease.
With the smallest of deeds,
Can come the largest of trees.
A simple word, a simple smile
Can help just ONE person finish their mile.
Do not ever underestimate a word of encouragement you may give,
For you might unknowingly give a gift to live.
Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your seat belts fastened, keep you hands inside the ride at all times, you mind engaged, and your eyes on the pages. Hold tight as we are expecting moderate to severe turbulence in the following pages, it is unavoidable. We will have to ride it out until we can find a smoother ride and a soft landing in this flight called life.
This is my story, my life, my struggle--my flight through cancer.