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.

Sue Thoms

Posts from Sue Thoms

Patient Story

‘They call me the million-dollar head’

His right side once paralyzed by a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Fabian Vasquez is now back at school and riding a bike.

Patient Story

‘An army of angels’

Baby Mistha conquers a rare and deadly disease with help from an experimental drug and her mom's bone marrow.

Patient Story

‘All I can do is thank God’

A pregnant mother, paralyzed by a stroke, makes a remarkable recovery.

Patient Story

Bed rest and baby love, times three

From joy and sorrow, from love and loss comes the long-awaited addition of healthy triplets.

Patient Story

‘Lucky girl’

Twelve-year-old Skylar Darga battles cystic fibrosis and embraces life with gusto.

Patient Story

Asking the tough questions

After her brother dies of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a woman ponders whether to get genetic testing.

Patient Story

‘The man I was born to be’

A transgender person undergoes surgery so his outer appearance matches his inner sense of self.

Blue skies, green duds: The luck of the Irish Jig

Nearly 4,300 people took part in the annual St. Patrick's Day race to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

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

‘The best word ever’

She's a survivor: Lily-Mae Morrison, the “Tiny Dancer” from Ireland, completes a clinical trial.

Patient Story

‘It’s a wonder I’m alive’

When Lester Cramer developed a blockage in his carotid artery, his surgeons used a new technique shown to reduce risk of strokes.

Patient Story

‘They are so blessed’

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