BreAnne Noland’s Avalon Story
My Avalon experience
My name is BreAnne Noland (Dutson). I am from the small town of Morgan, UT. I worked as a direct care for almost five years and now am a case manager. I am studying Health Science and Biology at Utah State University. We discuss a lot of healthcare issues that the nation faces. In these discussions, treat to outcome is not the priority; revenue is driving force. It really bothers me. The focus of healthcare is to improve the overall health of the individual and give them the tools to make them have the best quality of life they can. I appreciate Avalon for having this view. I am no stranger to eating disorder either.
I grew up in a home where my mother had an eating disorder. I was pretty young when my mother was going through that. However my older sister had an eating disorder and I remember that quite well. My sister has always been my idol. I look up to her more than anyone. I was ten years old and I remember sitting at the table with her trying to get her to eat. She was seventeen. I saw how much the eating disorder had taken from her. My once full of life sister had become zombie like. It had broke my heart. There was talk of sending her to a treatment center in Provo where another family friend had sent their daughter.
All that treatment center did was weight restored her before kicking her out. She relapsed. My parents decided against it. Miraculously my sister recovered without being sent to a treatment center. It took a lot of work and there were many lapses but my family and my sister were both committed in beating it. I remember a professor suggesting that I apply at Avalon Hills back in 2011. I heard about the program and contacted Wesley Winch. I remember walking into the home for the first time. It brings tears to my eyes as I think about it. I have met the most amazing young women throughout my years at Avalon.
I have seen wonderful transformations in the individuals once they let go of their disorder. I see families leaving their children here so badly wanting them to get better and I remember feeling the same way about my sister. I just wanted her to get better and have her light and fun personality back. I am so grateful that I can be a part of this journey for the many patients and for their families. I am so grateful for my new position as case manager where I am able to communicate with the families more. Treat to outcome is the priority. It is what gives families back their child, their mother, their sister. I have been blessed with many wonderful experiences while working as a direct care and I am enjoying my experiences while working as a case manager. I thank Avalon for this opportunity in which I have to try and make a difference. So thank you very, very much!
With great appreciation,