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

‘A light at the end of the tunnel’

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic sees a steady stream of Spectrum Health medical team members.

‘A magnified effect’

COVID-19 hits especially hard for those with diabetes. Experts offer tips to reduce your risk of serious illness.

Patient Story

Love, Julie

Mourning the death of their mother to COVID-19, a family donates iPads to help other patients stay connected to their loved ones.

COVID-19: When to seek medical care

Here are tips to help you know when to call your doctor or go to the emergency department.

‘We are making history right now’

Five health care team members become the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Spectrum Health.

Patient Story

‘I just lay in bed and cried’

As a healthy, active 43-year-old nurse, Melissa Jones never expected COVID-19 to hit her so hard.

‘It is remarkable’

An infectious disease specialist discusses the safety, effectiveness and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.

‘Running full-tilt’

Getting tested for COVID-19? Thank the dedicated laboratory services team for getting the results for you.

Patient Story

‘Take this seriously’

After a three-week battle with COVID-19, Dr. David Burkard returns to work as an emergency medicine resident.

‘We are here to fight’

Meet the dream team that works at a drive-up specimen-collection site, helping patients learn if they have COVID-19.

Patient Story

Donating plasma: ‘A no-brainer‘

After recovering from COVID-19, a mother and daughter hope to help others.

Patient Story

‘We are so thankful’

June and Glenn Troyer, a couple in their 80s, both fell ill with COVID-19. After spending 10 days apart, they reunited in physical therapy.