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

Hidden tremors

They can walk but can't stand still: Some folks live for years with a medical mystery before they get a diagnosis.

Hepatitis A: Are you at risk?

An outbreak in Southeast Michigan raises questions about the viral liver disease and the vaccine to prevent it.

Patient Story

A super Halloween for super kids

Princesses, fairies, superheroes and assorted friendly creatures mingled with young patients at the annual children's hospital party.

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‘The best day in a long time’

With help from family and hospice caregivers, Gloria Koch makes her annual trip to an apple orchard.

‘A warm and generous woman’

Helen DeVos leaves a legacy of compassion and healing at the children’s hospital that bears her name.

Patient Story

‘Feeling blessed that I’m here’

As a patient recovers from a life-threatening brain infection, a doctor reminds residents, 'West Nile virus is in our backyard.'

Patient Story

Doctors schooled in nutrition

Medical residents cook up lessons―and sample the results―in a new Culinary Medicine program.

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An unexpected blessing

An artist balances the challenges of chemotherapy with the excitement of her first entry in ArtPrize.

Patient Story

De vuelta a casa con amor

El apoyo de amigos y extraños hace realidad su último deseo: Volver a Nicaragua.

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‘You’re one in 1,000’

After suffering severe injuries in a car-deer accident, Linda Ball stages a recovery that impresses her family and medical team.

‘Be a Betty Ford’

The first lady’s daughter encourages women to make breast cancer detection and prevention a priority.

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Going home, with love

Help from friends and strangers made Alfonso Guerra’s last wish come true: He returned to Nicaragua.