‘I just want to be normal’
A love of music and the enduring compassion of a childhood friend are helping a 25-year-old Michigan woman weather the rigors of multiple sclerosis.
John Barnes is an award-winning journalist. He worked for 33 years at The Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. He now writes for Spectrum Health Beat, The Detroit News and other publications. Recent awards include top honors for feature writing, coverage of justice issues, investigative reporting, enterprise writing, public service and editorial writing. The Grand Rapids-area native has four children and enjoys camping, fishing and downhill skiing.