re: "My client Suspended my contract. Is this in any way different than pausing a contract?"
Clients can pause a contract.
Upwork can suspend a contract.
I think we may be getting into semantics that are not really meaningful.
As far as I know, there is no button for clients to "suspend" a contract. But "suspending" or "pausing" a contract end up having the same effect.
If your account is "paused" or "suspended" then you can't do any work on the contract.
Thanks for your insights, Preston.
I have had contracts paused in the past, and it always said 'paused'. I was surprised when this one displayed 'suspended'. Everything's sorted now, and I am no longer confused.