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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

‘I knew I was down and out’

When knee pain meant she had to give up walking her beloved dog, Elizabeth Winstanley realized the time had come for surgery.

Patient Story

‘This is amazing’

Festivities at the children's hospital give kids a chance to be superheroes on Halloween.

Patient Story

‘They caught it early’

A first-in-the-U.S. biopsy that combined three leading-edge technologies identifies stage 1 lung cancer, which makes all the difference for 81-year-old Mac Brown.

An apple a day…

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

Patient Story

‘Our only salvation’

A lung transplant saved his life. Now, he is determined to make the most of his second chance.

It’s a fall thing: Time for flu shots

A vaccine today boosts your odds of staying healthy in the chilly months ahead.

Patient Story

Room to roam, space to play

With wireless technology, an epilepsy monitoring unit gives a girl more freedom to play and move about during her hospital stay.

Patient Story

‘One in a million’

When a pizza-loving 10-year-old boy could no longer eat food without getting sick, his parents struggled to find out why.

Patient Story

Holding hands with a chimpanzee

When Susie developed an odd lump on the back of her wrist, hand surgeon Peter Jebson, MD, made a house call to the zoo.

Patient Story

Big smiles

As he prepares for college, a teen takes time out for an innovative surgery that gives him a new jaw.

Health officials: Encephalitis cases ‘troubling’

Until the first hard frost, avoiding mosquito bites will reduce the risk of exposure to Eastern equine encephalitis.

Patient Story

‘Almost like being in heaven’

At 96, Helen Sharp fulfills her lifelong wish of riding a motorcycle.

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