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Sonya'sMedical Assistance Fund

$9,081 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 109 people in 10 months
Created January 14, 2018
Thanks so much to all of you that have been praying and supporting my friend, Sonya. After a long discussion with Sonya, I made the decision to raise the goal to $20,000.  If you have been following Sonya’s updates and posts on Facebook, you know how challenging this journey has been, both on her body and financially. With your support, Sonya has been able to take off a few days from work, when she is ill because of her treatments. The treatments sometimes makes her feel like she has the flu and at times  she is so weak and tired she just needs to rest. This treatment has also been fianancially burdensome, as you can imagine.  Please continue to pray for Sonya as she fights this battle. #SonyaStrong needs our assistance! Every dollar helps and no amount is too small to help us reach this goal! Sonya and I thank you for your prayers and support! Sending love and blessings to you all!!! With gratitude and appreciation, thank you!  Please read her story below and watch her video. More videos and updates of her journey can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Utube! She’s an amazing and inspiring woman! Love you, Sonya!!!



My friend, Sonya Goins, is one of the most upbeat and inspiring person I know. She’s always encouraging her Facebook friends to make the most of every day. When she posts about her battle with Crohn’s Disease, she uses a fitting hashtag--#SonyaStrong. Unfortunately, Sonya had a setback recently and can use your help…
Sonya has been fighting Crohn’s, a horrible digestive disease, for more than 30 years. I’m always amazed how she manages to work hard, take care of her kids, raise money and awareness for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation…all the while dealing with her illness. It’s not unusual for Sonya to get blood infusions or take medicine intravenously. Sometimes she is even hospitalized for a few days at a time. 

But 2018 brought bad news for Sonya. She was in the hospital from New Year’s Day through January 9th. She has a $3,000 deductible to meet before her health insurance kicks in, and her job does not offer any short-term disability pay. 

But, that's not the worst of it...Sonya just found out that she is unable to eat for the next six months to a year. We are not talking about giving up candy for Lent. Sonya cannot eat ANYTHING!!!! Instead, she will be hooked up to a catheter that will feed her. She has decided to name her catheter “Hopeful”.  Doctors are hopeful, too—they think months without food may help heal Sonya’s digestive tract. Even though Sonya is unable to eat and is being feed by catheter, she will have to head back to work soon and is even planning to start working out again.  She is  planning to walk in a charity half marathon March 4th in New Orleans!  That's our #SonyaStrong! 

So how can you help?

• Donate $5, so Sonya can purchase flavored water. The only thing she can have for the next several months is water…that and an occasional cup of broth.

• Donate $10, and buy a prepared meal for Sonya’s 18-year-old son Jonathan. Sonya is a "helluva" cook, but it’s no fun making meals when you can’t even taste your own cooking.

• Donate $100 to cover Sonya’s lost wages and other miscellaneous expenses related to this disease. During one recent pay period, Sonya only had 52 hours instead of the normal 80 hours during a pay period. She also has other expenses such as parking fees associated with her doctor appointments and medical expenses that are not covered by her insurance.

• Donate any amount, and you’ll start chipping away at Sonya’s deductible. $3,000 is a lot of money, but together we can help Sonya get there fast.

Sonya’s an incredible person. Just watch this video and you will see for yourself.  For those of us that know Sonya know how strong and inspiring she is, but there are times when even the strong need a helping hand  and prayers of encouragement and inspiration. 

If each of you reading this can assist in any way, big or small, it will allow Sonya to focus on getting well.  Monthly donations can also be made via credit card if that is more convenient for you.

Crohn’s is one nasty chronic disease. Please help Sonya fight it! THANKS FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE! No amount is too small!!!! We love and appreciate your prayers and any financial support you are able to provide!!!
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I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received, it’s been a rough year, and I’m extremely grateful.
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Transitioning to food is not going well. For 8 months, I was fed Intravenously due to Crohn’s disease. There is no cure for the inflammatory bowel disease. The chronic condition causes many problems including the following:


* Frequent, recurring diarrhea
* Rectal bleeding
* Unexplained weight loss
* Fever
* Abdominal pain and cramping
* Fatigue and a feeling of low energy
* Reduced appetite

I was being fed via IV to give my colon a rest, not allow food/feces to pass through colon. Anyway, I’ve been slowly increasing food back into my diet; medical shake for breakfast, and real food for lunch and dinner. Excuse the TMI, but food basically runs right through me, which means I’m not getting the nutrients I need. I’ve been so tired lately, all I do is go to work, come home and crash.

I’m training for a race, and it takes everything in me to walk, let alone try to run. On Saturday, I attempted to walk around the lake, but I couldn’t, stomach hurt real bad. These were not your normal stomach cramps, these bad boys made me want to crawl up in the fetal position and cry. No bueno! I ended up going to the ER and they admitted me after seeing CT scan result which showed inflammation in colon. On Monday, I had a colonoscopy which revealed ulcers and inflammation in my colon. Doctor also told me I have irritable bowel syndrome (didn’t know you could have both inflammatory bowel disease and the less serious condition, IBS). And apparently the two conditions are flaring up simultaneously. I’m a hot mess!

So for now, doctor has me on a new med, something similar to prednisone steroid, but with fewer side effects.

And I’m back to eating bland diet, while supplementing with nutritional shakes and nutritional jello. You read that right, jello. Who knew there was such a thing? I’m gonna be honest, jello taste yucky! But I will get over it. I’ve got things to do, people to see, places to go.

This setback is not going to stop me. I’m still #SonyaStrong.
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Farewell to Hopeful

Hopeful is the name I gave my IV catheter. In January, I was put on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means I’m being fed intravenously. I have Crohn’s disease— an inflammatory bowel disease and my doctor doesn’t want any food/waste passing through my colon. The goal is to heal ulcers in large intestine. I’m so very grateful for TPN technology. For 8 months, Hopeful has been my constant companion, pumping nutrients through the veins, helping to keep me alive. Shrouded in a purple backpack, she went everywhere with me: work, church, news set, movie theater, airplanes, running trails and more. When we first met, I didn’t know if we would get along. Sometimes Hopeful made me angry, a reminder of the chronic condition I’ve fought for decades. But as time went on, I got accustomed to carrying around 10 pound bag of IV liquids. Hopeful became a symbol of my struggle and success, my beacon of hope. The rhythmic hum of the IV pump lulled me into a place of calm. But at last, we must bid adieu. Hopeful is infected and hurts. So, I will get the device removed tomorrow. The plan is to start enteral feedings—mostly medical shakes, eventually working my way back to eating real food. I can see the light. No word if there will be a Hopeful 02. The only certainty is that I will continue to remain positive and fight for a cure. #SonyaStrong.
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On Wednesday, I was admitted to the hospital, IV line is infected. Doctors are giving me strong antibiotics. However, this is tricky, likely to make Crohn’s disease worse. I haven’t been feeling well, went to the ER on Monday, they did lab work and I got the call on Wednesday, telling me to return to ER ASAP because of infection. There is urgency to treat, IV line goes into a major vein near heart. Despite my situation I remain hopeful. The plan is to remove catheter and replace with a port. However, they don’t want to put in new device until infection clears up, makes sense. I hope to get out of here on Saturday. Yay!
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