Author:

Sue Thoms

Sue Thoms is a writer and storyteller who joined Health Beat after a 30-year career at The Grand Rapids Press. She loves writing stories that shine a light on the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. In addition to medical features, she writes fiction and has published six picture books for children. Michigan born and raised, Sue enjoys exploring the state with her family―especially the lakes, sand dunes and ski hills. Contact her at susan.thoms@spectrumhealth.org.

Posts from Sue Thoms

Patient Story

‘Life is valuable’

A teen with cancer opts for a new treatment—ovarian tissue cryopreservation—in hopes it will help her have a child someday.

Patient Story

‘Our little fox’

Paxton Florek survived a brain tumor and now seems determined to defy what once looked like insurmountable odds.

Patient Story

‘I just want you to save my boy’

After managing hemophilia since birth, MacKale McGuire faced a diagnosis of bone cancer at age 11.

What does baby see?

In the first months of life, brain and eye development combine to help an infant bring the world into focus.

Patient Story

‘Honored to be his mom’

Forget all the tests and treatments. Jase Amesbury embraces life with joy—swimming, bike riding and playing with his sister.

Do heart attacks rise as we spring ahead?

Preventive and interventional cardiologists provide suggestions for how to take it easy on your ticker.

Patient Story

‘Something special’

Five-year-old Louis Ribbens and his parents have undergone quite a journey of the heart.

Patient Story

‘Like a warrior’

Tiny Riley Bosma has already met a host of challenges—a rare procedure before birth and two open-heart surgeries as an infant.

Patient Story

‘The sky’s the limit’

Lauren Vegter doesn’t just live with lupus—she soars.

Soup-er satisfying

A dietitian offers 4 reasons to put the familiar comfort food on your menu.

Patient Story

‘Just a tiny little poke’

“You have to be brave,” a 5-year-old girl advises after she gets her COVID-19 vaccination.

The joy of rest

You need regular breaks in your workout routine so your body can heal, rebuild and grow stronger.