A competitive runner relies on an IV for nutrition.
Sonya Goins has been training for months to run the Medtronic TC 10 Mile race Sunday, a popular prelude to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. And for nearly all that time, she’s been living only on the fluids that dripped into her veins through an IV port she named “Hopeful.”
Goins, 54, a north Minneapolis resident, has suffered for 35 years from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition that can make eating uncomfortable at the best of times and excruciating at the worst.
“Everyone has baggage — mine just happens to be in the form of an IV bag,” said Goins, a television journalist at CCX Media in the northern suburbs.
Goins, the mother of three adult children, called the pain of Crohn’s “indescribable … it’s up there with childbirth.” But she refuses to let the disease rule her life.
So when doctors told her at the beginning of this year that they needed to put her on IV nourishment to give her ulcerated intestines a break, she took it as a challenge. And it hasn’t been an easy one.
“I’ve had to really force myself to train,” she said. “Because of the IV, you don’t really have a lot of energy. Your feet feel like they’re lead.
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