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 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.

Posts from Sue Thoms

Just peachy

The sweet stone fruit with the fuzzy peel delivers a host of health benefits.

Ready for the worst, hoping for the best

Younger, unvaccinated people are key factors in the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the hospital, doctors say.

Arthritis: Not an endgame for exercise

A sports medicine doctor shares his top tips for managing the condition and staying active.

Blueberry power

This nutritious little fruit is good for the heart and digestive system, can reduce the risk of cancer and help with weight control.

Ready, set, ride

Interested in riding in the MSU Gran Fondo? Here are tips from an athletic trainer and seasoned cyclist.

Shake up your running routine

Training for a race? Follow these 5 tips to prevent boredom and make your exercise more effective.

Patient Story

‘A super happy little kid’

When 3-year-old Grayson had cataracts removed from both eyes, his parents wondered: Would he be able to see?

Patient Story

A lifesaving transition

Adrien Gleason embraces his identity as a transgender man, with support from family and help from his medical care team.

Patient Story

‘Maybe this will help other kids’

Fourteen-year-old Tara Sweet noticed her COVID-19 symptoms improving after she received monoclonal antibody therapy.

From tent to table

Explore 3 tips for healthy camp food from a dietitian who knows.

Patient Story

‘Think about the bigger picture’

Young people, ages 12 to 15, look forward to seeing friends and family as they get the COVID-19 vaccine. Their parents focus on protection.

‘I wouldn’t throw your mask away’

A pediatric infectious disease specialist offers suggestions for how parents of unvaccinated kids should respond to new CDC guidelines.