Author:

Marie Havenga

Marie Havenga is a veteran journalist of more than 30 years. The Grand Rapids native launched her journalism career at age 15, writing for WorkWeek, a weekly business magazine. She joined the Grand Haven Tribune staff as a columnist and reporter in 2003, after writing for the Grand Rapids Press for more than two decades. A boating and water enthusiast, she lives on the shores of Spring Lake. Havenga has published an environmental children's book and her writing has been featured in several national publications.

Marie Havenga

Posts from Marie Havenga

Patient Story

‘I could feel God’s hand’

Barbara Kladder suffered the type of brain aneurysm that often kills people. With faith and family, she's back to work and thriving.

Patient Story

Vanishing bones, steadfast hope

Leo Aguillon, 2, suffers from the enigmatic vanishing bone disease—but his heart and spirit are fully intact.

Patient Story

‘I just don’t have the energy I used to have’

Hot flashes, headaches and weight gain all sucked the energy out of Diane Peterman—until a menopause specialist helped her regain control.

Patient Story

‘God blessed me with a miracle baby’

Becky Powers tried for five years to get pregnant. She finally did, but the swine flu nearly killed her and her unborn baby.

Sensitive tummy? Or something more?

A gastrointestinal specialist shares the need-to-know facts about irritable bowel syndrome.

Patient Story

‘At no time did I have any fear’

A former high school principal battles his way through four cancers and two transplants. His goal now? To encourage others for however long he has left.

Heal your heels

Plantar fasciitis strikes more than 3 million people in the U.S. every year. If you're one of them, here are 16 things you need to know.

Patient Story

‘Is he going to make it?’

The Ramirez children are all impacted in some way by hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Through a 17-year relationship with their doctor, they've learned to thrive.

10 things to know about IBD

Here's what you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease—from symptoms to treatment.

Patient Story

The tiniest ring bearer

They wanted their preemie son at their wedding, so they wed in the chapel of the children's hospital where he has spent his first six months of life.

Bravo, Book Fairy

Wendy McLenithan opens magical new worlds to children beyond patient rooms.

Patient Story

‘This was a big wake-up call for me’

Michelle Jones stared down her mortality when diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she looks toward the present—and the future.