Kim Norris’ Avalon Story
My name is Kim Norris and I am a Direct Care Supervisor at Avalon Hills. I started at Avalon Hills as a Direct Care Associate on grave shift just a little over 3 years ago. My interest in the program increased and after a year and a half of working grave shift, I moved to day shift. From there I have moved up to a Direct Care Supervisor. In the three years I have been here I have been fortunate to witness a number of clients who have graduated the program. Being a positive part of the journey they walk during their time at Avalon is amazing.
As a teenager I struggled with an eating disorder all during High School. I would restrict and not eat for a few days at a time and as a result of not eating and depression, I would sleep several hours throughout the day. Back then there were no known options to my mother except, "If you don't eat, I'm taking you to the hospital and you'll be tube fed." Just the thought of this terrified me so I force fed myself to appease my mother.
Fast forward 20 years to the present day and I wish that Avalon Hills would have been around when I was a teenager. Sadly, my own daughter now suffers from anorexia along with depression, anxiety and sever body image issues. I am grateful for all that I have learned and been trained during my time at Avalon to use these tools along with an outpatient team that has been provided by The Avalon Hills foundation to help my daughter get the treatment she needs.
I have heard from several clients who admit to Avalon Hills say that they have been to other treatment facilities and residential treatment and none of them compare to Avalon. Avalon is dedicated to individualized treatment for each and every one of our clients. There is no "quick fix" to eating disorders. Each and every one of the women and adolescent females that walk through Avalon doors are treated to their specific needs. I am proud to be a member of the Avalon team and that will never change.
- Kim Norris