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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

‘It’s amazing he survived’

After a car crashed through a store and struck Elias Dababneh, it took a team to save his life and set him on the road to recovery.

Patient Story

The right place at the right time

When she went to a hockey game promoting stroke awareness, Nancy Weeks never imagined she would soon become a living example of early detection and treatment.

Patient Story

‘A trailblazer’

A Saugatuck woman with an aneurysm deep in her brain benefits from a new surgical technique.

Patient Story

‘The best hope you can have’

JJ Smith’s parents moved to a new home and found new doctors—all to save their son.

Patient Story

Going green: Irish Jig 2019

The event supporting colorectal cancer awareness drew nearly 3,500 runners.

Do heart attacks rise as we ‘spring ahead?’

Preventive and interventional cardiologists provide suggestions for how to take it easy on your ticker.

Patient Story

Eager to breathe

An Ionia man becomes the first in Michigan to undergo an innovative new treatment for severe emphysema.

Patient Story

‘I’m here for a reason’

Surviving sudden cardiac arrest, 17-year-old Luke Anhalt discovers new insights into sports, life and faith.

Un viaje por el corazón

Una adolescente de Honduras se traslada a una enorme distancia para un procedimiento especializado de ablación.

Patient Story

In a bubble, a little girl thrives

Jada's team goes to great lengths to keep her safe from germs, while hoping a thymus transplant will at last help her develop an immune system.

Patient Story

A journey for her heart

A teenage girl from Honduras travels far from home for a highly specialized ablation procedure.

Patient Story

‘Our first moment of joy’

As Sid Sybenga lay in critical condition following a cardiac arrest, an innovative lung treatment gave his family hope for his recovery.

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