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.

Sue Thoms

Posts from Sue Thoms

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.

Patient Story

‘A walking, living, breathing miracle’

Candus Jones comes from 'a long line of cast-iron skillet women.' That toughness came in handy as she faced a rare and debilitating condition.

Patient Story

Superheroes arrive in style

A quartet of caped crusaders rappel down the side of the children's hospital to kick off the Halloween party.

Patient Story

The little fighter

Ollie Lott beats the odds against a life-threatening condition with help from a surgery performed while he was still in the womb.

Patient Story

‘When she’s happy, I’m happy’

When a mom can’t be home for her daughter’s birthday, caregivers on the bone marrow transplant unit help them celebrate with a purple unicorn party.

Patient Story

‘This is the good stuff’

Nine-year-old Emma, one of the few girls to have hemophilia, leads an active life with help from regular infusions.

Patient Story

Rare and exceptional

After dozens of surgeries, 18-year-old Jacob Taylor undergoes his most complex one: Surgeons implant custom-designed prosthetic jaw bones.

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.'

Patient Story

‘I’m so happy to be here’

When Don Fournier was in danger of bleeding to death after a snowmobile accident, a small, innovative device came to his rescue.

Patient Story

‘A lot of candles on our cake’

Sixteen-year-old Lizzie planned to take part in Project Night Lights—just not as a patient.

Rich DeVos: ‘His generosity will live on’

Philanthropist and entrepreneur remembered for his leadership, generous heart and commitment to improving health care in West Michigan.