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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

‘We are very grateful’

A first-time mom donates her baby’s umbilical cord blood in hopes of saving a stranger’s life.

Patient Story

‘Full of beauty’

It took a team of specialists to deliver Willow safely. At 4 days, she underwent surgery. Through everything, her parents see God’s blessings.

Patient Story

A new way to fight

Jeremy Rootes' immune cells are trained to recognize and destroy his lymphoma cells in CAR T-cell therapy, a groundbreaking cancer treatment.

Patient Story

‘A real pioneer’

Asked if he wanted to undergo a groundbreaking surgery to rebuild his heart, 11-year-old Trent Ahlefeld said, ‘I’ll take a risk to make myself feel better.”

Top 10 reasons to exercise 30 minutes today

Want to break out of your sedentary rut? Check out these tips from a preventive cardiologist.

Patient Story

Solving cancer

A teenager gifted in math overcomes his illness one step at a time.  

Patient Story

Just like Wonder Woman

After undergoing da Vinci robotic surgery to remove her lung cancer, Roxanne Nelson is amazed at how quickly she has rebounded.

Patient Story

Sweet babies, sweet names

Four newcomers crack the top-10 baby name lists this year.

Patient Story

A Christmas Eve post-chemo surprise

Bagpipe music heralds a big milestone for a woman completing her second-last infusion of her breast cancer treatment.

Resolve to de-stress

Here are ways to get a grip on stress today and into the new year.

Patient Story

A closer look at a complex heart

Pediatric cardiologists use 3D viewing technology to plan how to re-route and replace a teenager’s blood vessel.

Patient Story

‘Nothing short of a miracle’

Medical teams from two hospitals work through the night to save the lives of a mother and her newborn child.

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