My LIVE UNITED Story – Luisa Singletary
Each person, no matter how young or how old, has their own story, and each story is powerful and poignant in its own way. The undeniable power of words is a big part of why I decided to major in professional writing. Whether in a grant, newspaper article, or short story, our own lived experiences play a valuable part in connecting with others. Sharing our stories is also the first step to supporting and understanding one another. Each community is blessed with a diversity of people, each with their own set of talents and strengths to bring to the table. By sharing and learning one another’s stories, we choose to foster an environment of acceptance, and flourish as a community. I am Luisa Singletary, a senior at Waynesburg University who strives to use my love for words to support others. To me, LIVE UNITED means working to identify and celebrate similarities and differences within our communities, and each other. And it can all start by sharing your story.
My LIVE UNITED Story: Allison Baughman
Some things you can’t control, but contributing to your own health is one thing you can get a handle on. I was in the middle of trying to diagnose a major health crisis and I realized that my lifestyle wasn’t helping anything. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, as the saying goes. I realized I was too young to feel the way I did and I was the only one who could change that. I had a great job and an amazing husband, but I was wasting it. I wanted to be able to enjoy everything I had. I started logging everything I ate with an app, My Fitness Pal, and taking a good look at what I was putting in my body. I also started increasing my intake of water. Everyone supported me, but my husband Dayne was my main supporter. He was on his own weight loss journey, and knew the struggles I was having. We held each other accountable. Now, after adjusting to this change in my lifestyle, I enjoy having the energy to do things with friends and family without struggling through it. I enjoy knowing that in my health puzzle, I control at least a couple of pieces. I think the most important thing in promoting health in our community is making sure that everyone knows they aren’t alone in the fight. You have friends, family, doctors and even strangers to lean on to help you regain that control. It’s important that we all know about the resources available. I am Allison Baughman, host of AM Knox County on 1300 WMVO, a huge animal lover, and an avid reader. Nobody is alone in this life and it’s important to keep people around you that reinforce that idea. To me, LIVE UNITED means leaning on one another to help accomplish a mutual goal.