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

Arthritis in winter? Keep moving

Keep joints moving—and lubricated—to help keep pain at bay.

Patient Story

‘We are so blessed’

After Don Westhouse suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while water skiing, it took a team to bring about a remarkable recovery.

5 ways to get ski-ready

Strengthening your core and leg muscles can help improve maneuverability and posture.

Patient Story

‘This is a love story’

Kay and Ken Huddleston face Alzheimer’s—and still make time for date night.

The sports itch

Detection, prevention and treatment can help young athletes keep skin infections in check.

Fall into fitness

Cooler weather and new routines make autumn a great time for a healthy new beginning.

Reap the benefits of tomatoes

The harvest bounty offers a wonderful opportunity to boost your nutrition with some creative dishes.

Patient Story

‘Yes, I can do this again’

When twin hockey players faced debilitating hip pain, minimally invasive surgery helped them return to the ice rink.

Patient Story

‘Such a joy’

A colorful string of bravery beads shows a baby girl’s remarkable journey.

Plant power—even in a hurry

Don't let a busy day derail your plan to eat more fruits, veggies and whole grains.

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.