Meeting Report – Saturday 10th December 2022  on ZOOM

Our expert Xmas panel takes members questions

Keeping on the level: Living well with long-term health conditions.

Links to watch the full meeting video are at the bottom of this page

Introduction Where we clarified some guiding principles of the group and our meetings.  Confidentiality –  As a support group, we encourage all to speak openly about what issues that they face, but as such we ask everyone to respect everyone’s privacy and keep confidential any specific personal matters that are supplied during our meetings We are not doctors   – We are not medically trained or qualified, so we will never seek to advise on treatments or medical matters. Whatever advice or personal experiences are shared, everyone should always consult with their own medical and healthcare experts for the best medical care and advice. We are not a charity  – We are not a registered charity, we handle no money, we have no money. We are just people helping people.  Where we require money to fund leaflets or posters, we approach local companies for them to buy on our behalf. Positive Only  – We are a support group, with the emphasis being upon support, so we encourage everyone to seek the positive in what we discuss, in our members situations and our overall attitude to our mutual challenges. Let us always try to find solutions rather than be dragged down by the problems, and let us always give encouragement and hope to each other. Tolerance & Friendship  – The group is for everyone, and we can all seek different things from belonging to this group, but at the very least I hope we will all find some degree of friendship and comfort from meeting and knowing our fellow members.  Let us all be tolerant of differences and respect that balance disorders come in many flavours and affect any person in any walk of life and at any age – so we of all groups, should acknowledge and celebrate the variety and differences in our members. Charity Support  – The group is supported by the Menieres Society and VeDA as an official support group listed by both of their web sites. We support both charities in their good work for all things related to balance issues. 

Professor Rea & Debbie Cane answered members questions

Professor Rea is President of the British Society of Otology, Honorary Professor of Balance Medicine at De Montfort University, Honorary Professor to the Departments of Neuroscience and Informatics at the University of Leicester, and was Chairman of the British Society of Neuro-otology from 2013-2019. In addition he has advised on the Covid response for ENT in NHS England. His specialist practice for both ear surgery and dizziness draws patients from all over the UK and further afield.  Prof. Rea is Lead Clinician at The Leicester NHS Balance Centre. He has a state of the art balance investigation suite at The London Road Clinic, along with a dedicated and experienced team. Prof. Rea has appeared in the national press, advised the BBC and has written for major ENT textbooks. He lectures regularly on these topics and runs international medical meetings in both Leicester and London.

Debbie Cane  – I am a NHS clinician specialising in using mindfulness techniques for those with persistent dizziness and University audiology lecturer. I’m passionate about mindfulness and how it can help those with dizziness and tinnitus live well with these conditions, connect with and support each other. I love storming up mountains, meditating at the top, ending up with with a nice cup of coffee and bar of chocolate when I get to the bottom again

Our Expert Panel of Prof Peter Rea and Debbie Cane, answer many varied members questions on all aspects of living with and treating balance conditions. Plus our Annual 2022 Awards for the great and the good in our balance community – see the presentations of this years “Dizzys”. If you have a balance condition do watch this video

Also watch the presentation of our Annual Awards – “The Dizzies” ,for the great and the good in our balance community – see the winners of this years “Dizzys”

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Please come and join our group if you feel we can help and don’t wish to face your challenges alone.  You are very very welcome. 

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