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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 seven 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.

Sue Thoms

Posts from Sue Thoms

Patient Story

‘A real pioneer’

Asked if he wanted to undergo a groundbreaking surgery to rebuild his heart, 11-year-old Trent Ahlefeld said, ‘I’ll take a risk to make myself feel better.”

Top 10 reasons to exercise 30 minutes today

Want to break out of your sedentary rut? Check out these tips from a preventive cardiologist.

Patient Story

Solving cancer

A teenager gifted in math overcomes his illness one step at a time.  

Patient Story

Just like Wonder Woman

After undergoing da Vinci robotic surgery to remove her lung cancer, Roxanne Nelson is amazed at how quickly she has rebounded.

Patient Story

Sweet babies, sweet names

Four newcomers crack the top-10 baby name lists this year.

Patient Story

A Christmas Eve post-chemo surprise

Bagpipe music heralds a big milestone for a woman completing her second-last infusion of her breast cancer treatment.

Resolve to de-stress

Here are ways to get a grip on stress today and into the new year.

Patient Story

‘Nothing short of a miracle’

Medical teams from two hospitals work through the night to save the lives of a mother and her newborn child.

Patient Story

‘It’s a mystery’

Little Kaleb Rietema is full of surprises. It began on day 1, when he defied the best-laid plans for his birth.

Patient Story

‘Will you marry me?’

Told she doesn’t have much time to live, Rhonda White sees two wishes fulfilled in a tearful, joyful double wedding ceremony.

Patient Story

The power of ‘ghost poop’

A brave 4-year-old girl gets a little help from her friends as she overcomes her fear of injections.

Patient Story

‘In God’s hands’

A deer collided into his motorcycle, throwing Ken Pierce to the pavement and breaking his ribs. An innovative 'rib plating' surgery offered a quicker recovery with less pain.

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