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

‘My very own heart’

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

Patient Story

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

‘Mini airlift’ brings 3 Haitian kids to hospital

‘It’s going to be life-changing for them,’ says pediatrician who helped arrange the children’s trip.

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.

Patient Story

‘Just straight-up shock’

When a leukemia diagnosis interrupted Alex McCready's teen years, he worked hard to "keep it positive."

‘It’s what she would have wanted’

The spirit of Helen DeVos was felt amid the holiday joy at the annual Christmas party.

Patient Story

‘We feel so blessed’

A Make-A-Wish celebration puts a spotlight on a 3-year-old who will soon go to Walt Disney World with his family.

Patient Story

Sweet rewards

An 11-year-old leukemia survivor is all smiles as she meets her hero, celebrity chef and "Pioneer Woman" Ree Drummond.

Patient Story

All a-twirl for ‘The Nutcracker’

Ballet dancers bring the holiday classic to young patients and their families.

Patient Story

‘I was brave’

Diagnosed with epilepsy two years ago, 6-year-old Maci Nichols now enjoys life free of seizures and medication.

Patient Story

Stepping out with a new hip

Mary Howell had no idea how quickly she'd rebound from her joint replacement surgery.