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 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.

Posts from Sue Thoms

Patient Story

‘Miss Personality’

As she faced leukemia, 8-year-old Queen Hardy made friends, told jokes, danced and inspired her medical team.

Patient Story

‘It gives people hope’

A man with ALS welcomes the chance to take part in a clinical trial that aims to speed up the development of new treatments.

An apple a day…

This popular fruit delivers nutrients that boost your immune system, aid weight loss and improve the health of your brain and heart.

Her mission: Keep seniors fall-free

Injuries caused by slips and trips are almost epidemic among older adults, and they are 'absolutely not a natural part of aging.'

Two COVID-19 milestones

Spectrum Health administers 1 million tests and delivers 500,000 vaccines.

Patient Story

A painful pop

When a 14-year-old injured her knee playing softball, surgery and physical therapy helped her on the path back to playing sports.

‘It continues to throw curve balls’

An infectious disease specialist explains rising cases of COVID-19 and the impact of the delta variant.

Just peachy

The sweet stone fruit with the fuzzy peel delivers a host of health benefits.

Ready for the worst, hoping for the best

Younger, unvaccinated people are key factors in the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the hospital, doctors say.

Arthritis: Not an endgame for exercise

A sports medicine doctor shares his top tips for managing the condition and staying active.

Blueberry power

This nutritious little fruit is good for the heart and digestive system, can reduce the risk of cancer and help with weight control.

Ready, set, ride

Interested in riding in the MSU Gran Fondo? Here are tips from an athletic trainer and seasoned cyclist.