Voices of Recovery
Meet Allison Nooe
How old are you? 33
Where do you live? Central Mississippi
Who are you, and what do you do? I just finished my master’s in health promotion at the University of Mississippi and am about to attend my final interview for a position with Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Fingers crossed! I have done a lot of running, which has replaced previous destructive coping mechanisms. I love to workout, have recently ventured into the world of CrossFit and have enjoyed it far more than I expected. It provides an instant family. And any activity outdoors, especially when my dog can join me!
What is your relationship to addiction and recovery? I have been sober since Jan. 3, 2011. I have many friends from all walks of life who are now in recovery thanks to the amazing grace of God. It’s been amazing to watch. I credit my initial strength to take the step to change my life to my mom, who got sober about seven months before I did. I was a habitual abuser of alcohol and speed.
Where did you go to school, what did you study and when did you graduate? I completed a bachelor of science from Belhaven University in 2014 and master of science from the University of Mississippi in May of this year.
What is on your bookshelf? Anatomy, kinesiology and public health textbooks; several devotionals; and about 20 books my grandmother has recommended that I plan to start getting into now that I am not forced to read journal articles every hour of the day.
What is a superpower you’d like to have? Patience. That is a superpower, right?
What’s something most people don’t know about you? I’m pretty much an open book. I guess people tend to be a little surprised when they find out I struggle with bouts of depression and stupid insecurities. I guess the Facebook version of me doesn’t advertise those struggles as much. But life is hard. We all have our struggles. But we can spend time telling everyone about our problems or telling our problems about our God. I am grateful that, as of today, I haven’t allowed any of this crazy life this side of the clouds to bring me back to empty fixes.
What is on your bucket list? Mission trip in Africa. Spend a month in Colorado to train (running) and explore the beautiful outdoors. Visit Elevation Church in North Carolina and worship with their main campus band. And I still want to be best friends with Leigh Anne Tuohy, which was on my bucket list while in Oxford, Mississippi, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’d settle for just meeting her at this point, but I really think we would have a good time hanging out and cheering on the Rebels and the Panthers. And on down the road, I hope to adopt a child from Sudan.
What is one thing you are glad to have done but wouldn’t do it again? Passed A&P and Epi. School was hard for me, and I took a lot of time out of my adult life to go back and get it done. I can’t say I wouldn’t do it again, but I am glad. I didn’t know just how challenging grad school would be.