Zoe Simms needs dry, cold air to ease her painful condition

FIGHTING: Zoe Simms, front left, and family from Tabulam need to move to the mountains due to allergic reactions to the environment and other debilitating conditions.
FIGHTING: Zoe Simms, front left, and family from Tabulam need to move to the mountains due to allergic reactions to the environment and other debilitating conditions. Susanna Freymark

A TABULAM couple are chasing the fresh air. And finding it, is urgent.

Zoe Simms has connective tissue syndrome and is allergic to most of the environment and it is making her life painful and debilitating.

Doctors have recommended she move somewhere else.

Her partner Dave Griffiths said they were doing it tough.

"The doctors said the top hot spots for cold, dry air were King Island or Katoomba or Blackheath in the Blue Mountains,” Mr Griffiths said.

Eleven years ago, the family moved from Sydney to Tabulam because they craved the fresh country air.

Now that same air with its pollens and moisture is exacerbating Zoe's condition.

"She is in so much pain. She gets up, does a but of exercise on the treadmill, and feels faint and has to lie down again,” Mr Griffiths said.

Zoe Simms in hospital..
Zoe Simms in hospital.. Susanna Freymark

The disorders she suffers from are: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3 and doctors are expecting a diagnosis of Mast Cell Activation Disorder.

All three of these conditions cause many symptoms, but the most impactful symptoms right now for Zoe, are chronic pain, chronic low blood volume that makes her pass out and require regular IV fluids, tachycardia (a rapid heartbeat) and general sensitivities.

Making the situation acutely worse, is that Zoe also has a highly allergic system.

Mr Griffiths is known in area for his coffee.

He set up a cafe at the Drake Resource Centre and also had Tractor Espresso for awhile in Casino.

He couldn't manage the coffee shop and look after Zoe and their two daughters.

Now the family needs help.

A fund-raiser to buy a decent caravan that all four of them can live in while find a new home would help the family.

They need $25,000 to do this.

Coles staff in Casino are helping the family by wearing pink in the supermarket today.

Drop in and see their outfit and make a donation.

”We appreciate any donation people feel they can offer, but remember, if you can't offer money, sharing our fund-raising page on your social media platforms or via email is also another big way to help.

"We greatly appreciate any way you feel you can help,” Mr Griffiths said.


By post: you can donate a cheque or cash mailed to Zoe Simms, care of Tabulam Post Office NSW 2469.

Click here to go staright to the crowdfunder:: Help Zoe

Topics:  allergies blue mountains connective tissue health northern rivers tabulam

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