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 her spare time, she writes fiction and has published four 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

‘They are so blessed’

Parents of children with rare genetic diseases celebrate their daughters' unique gifts.

Patient Story

Heart of mystery

A 3-D model helps a 10-year-old boy understand his unique anatomy. And it helps his doctors plan his treatment.

Patient Story

From Wales: A rainbow warrior princess

Mia Chambers, 6, travels far from home for medical care, all in hopes of keeping her cancer in remission.

Patient Story

‘He’s a superstar’

One-year-old Isaac arrives from Honduras for medical care and wins over his caregiving team.

Patient Story

RSV 'in full force' this year

Children's hospital emergency department sees a number of infants and children suffering from this respiratory virus.

Patient Story

Now that’s an EXIT

Genesis Boss came into the world in a very rare procedure, which allowed doctors to open her blocked airway before birth.

Patient Story

‘His whole story has been a miracle’

Adopted from China with heart defects, Isaiah Lunsford receives a life-changing surgical fix.

Patient Story

‘A dramatic improvement’

The 100th lung transplant allows Ascenda Denton to breathe easily, free of chronic infections and scarring caused by cystic fibrosis.

Patient Story

‘My very own heart’

A milestone operation: 100th transplant is also Elaine Slikkers’ second miracle and third birthday.

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Giving up ‘was never an option’

Six years after battling back from a ruptured brain aneurysm and month-long coma, Todd Abbott offers hope to other patients coping with brain injuries.

Patient Story

First baby of 2018: 'He's a keeper'

Leyton James Reed arrived early in the morning of New Year's Day―just as his mother hoped.

Patient Story

Hello, beautiful

The top 10 list of baby names includes lots of favorites from last year, and a couple of new additions.