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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 lifesaving transition

Adrien Gleason embraces his identity as a transgender man, with support from family and help from his medical care team.

Patient Story

‘Maybe this will help other kids’

Fourteen-year-old Tara Sweet noticed her COVID-19 symptoms improving after she received monoclonal antibody therapy.

From tent to table

Explore 3 tips for healthy camp food from a dietitian who knows.

Patient Story

‘Think about the bigger picture’

Young people, ages 12 to 15, look forward to seeing friends and family as they get the COVID-19 vaccine. Their parents focus on protection.

‘I wouldn’t throw your mask away’

A pediatric infectious disease specialist offers suggestions for how parents of unvaccinated kids should respond to new CDC guidelines.

Patient Story

‘A really powerful thing’

Hoping to avoid severe illness, Mary Sibley opted to receive outpatient antibody therapy for COVID-19.

‘Immense gratitude’

Luminaries honor the dedication and compassion of nurses.

Patient Story

‘It has changed my life completely’

A custom jaw implant makes a drastic difference in appearance and function for 18-year-old Erin Foster.

Patient Story

‘It’s getting brighter’

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets her second COVID-19 vaccine dose, six high school students get their first shots—and encourage their peers to do the same.

‘It’s a happy place’

With cheerful hearts, volunteers help make the West Michigan Vaccine clinic an efficient, joyful experience.

Patient Story

‘It’s the next step’

People receiving vaccinations at a community clinic discuss why they decided to get the shot.

Patient Story

A shot of hope

As they give COVID-19 vaccines to the community, team members appreciate the joyful responses of "the most grateful people you will ever see."