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Alyssa Allen

Alyssa Allen has worked in the communications industry for 20 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and then moving into marketing and public relations. Now, as a writer and editor, she loves to tell stories about interesting people and ideas. You might spot her around Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. They are hard to miss since they all have red hair. When she’s not keeping up with her kids, she enjoys reading, walking around her neighborhood and exploring West Michigan.

Alyssa Allen

Posts from Alyssa Allen

Patient Story

‘It wasn’t my time’

A globe-trotting, retired rocket scientist with pancreatic cancer gets the chance to see another 50 countries.

‘It has been everything for me’

Internship program continues to help Michigan veterans move from military roles to the civilian workforce.

Patient Story

‘Living a better life’

Football coach and pastor Matthew Stone's regimen leads to 150 pounds of lost weight and worries.

Patient Story

An early catch

A patient’s girlfriend helped create the screening program that later played a key role in saving his life.

Patient Story

‘We were lucky’

How a medical resident with a knack for forming relationships helped a "tough guy" welder battle pulmonary embolism.

Patient Story

‘It changed my whole world’

After suffering years of debilitating seizures, a mother finds hope in a team of doctors and regains life after brain surgery.

Where incubation meets imaging

Neonatal intensive care unit's special system allows for safer transport and MRI imaging of infants.

Study: Cranberry juice won’t prevent urinary tract infections

Data behind recommendation has always been mixed, doctors say.

Leaking is not an option

A host of treatments are available to help women overcome stress incontinence.

Listen to your heart, ladies

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women—but warning signs can often be ambiguous.

Patient Story

‘Witnessing a miracle’

At 3 months old, Calvin Monroe's heart stopped beating. It regained its rhythm thanks to people and place, timing and technology.

Patient Story

Double the love

Best friends have babies the same morning in the same hospital.

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