Kevin launches Life on the Level group

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

A BUSI­NESS man who lives with bal­ance prob­lems is launch­ing a sup­port group for suf­fer­ers and rel­a­tives.

Kevin Higgs from Burbage is launch­ing Life on the Level, a free in­for­mal group for those with bal­ance and re­lated is­sues, such as tin­ni­tus and hear­ing dam­age.

The group is to meet in Hinck­ley and at nearby lo­ca­tions.

Mr Higgs works at mar­ket­ing group Dis­rup­tive Busi­ness UK and has Ménière’s Disease, which af­fects the in­ner ear and makes you feel like you are spin­ning and can per­ma­nently dam­age hear­ing.

He said: “Bal­ance dis­or­ders have many dif­fer­ent causes, and vary greatly in how they af­fect each per­son, this makes the whole area of bal­ance is­sues very frag­mented.

“As a re­sult, for bal­ance suf­fer­ers, med­i­cal re­sources and after care sup­port can be very poor and hard to ac­cess, of­ten leav­ing in­di­vid­u­als alone to cope as best they can.

“Bal­ance prob­lems also of­ten trig­ger anx­i­ety and stress and our sup­port group is keen to help any­one over­come these dif­fi­cul­ties and share tech­niques for cop­ing to get the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble.

“We do seek to help ev­ery­one on the level.”

The group is open to suf­fer­ers and friends and fam­ily and any­one from the wider area can come along.

It will in­volve guest speak­ers talk­ing on rel­e­vant is­sues and the chal­lenges faced and so­lu­tions avail­able.

Mr Higgs is set­ting up the group with Chris­tine Richard­son and he is also a trustee of the Ménière’s So­ci­ety.

One of its key aims is to help mem­bers pro­vide sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to each other over the long term and keep in con­tact via email and phone if de­sired.

As a spe­cial bonus, the first join­ers can get a spirit level key ring. The first meet­ing will be in Oc­to­ber. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing, call 07980 742055 or email kevin@lifeon­thelevel.org.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on the group’s web­site.

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