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 love you so much’

Jason Blakeslee almost died in a motorcycle crash. With the help of art and occupational therapy, he's regaining mobility and danced with his wife at a recent wedding.

Patient Story

‘Only 2 percent survive’

After Turner Syndrome stunted her growth throughout childhood, Grace Ward is finally seeing possibilities open for her.

Patient Story

Battle in the body

Josh Parker beat leukemia a decade ago. Every day since, he battles the aftereffects of treatment with strength, faith and determination.

Patient Story

She’s one of a kind

Groundbreaking research unravels a mysterious genetic mutation affecting little Marley Berthoud. And offers hope for her future.

Patient Story

Pedaling away from pain

Jerry VanStrien, 57, biked across the country after a vascular procedure cured his chronic pain and leg problems.

Patient Story

‘We’re not going to let this define her’

The Klotz family manages daughter Kamryn's cystic fibrosis with grace, trusting medical breakthroughs will escort her through a long and beautiful life.

Celiac disease: Fact or fiction?

The most common genetic disease in Europe is significantly under-diagnosed in the U.S. Here’s what you need to know.

Patient Story

‘He deserved a chance’

After being turned down by a hospital on the east side of the state because of his size, baby Mikah Gering is the smallest baby to undergo ECMO treatment. And he's thriving.

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‘I thank God every day’

Quick removal of a blood clot led to Linda Raterink's near-total recovery from a stroke in a vital part of her brain.

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‘Divining moments’

Cindy Burt is battling aggressive brain cancer. With a keyboard at her side and a song in her heart, she's beating the odds.

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Reining in the pain

Shanna Ruffner's hand pain cost her the ability to barrel race. But after in-office carpal tunnel release surgery, she's en route to resuming life.

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‘Your whole life flashes before you…’

Megan Keller battled breast cancer with a child in her womb. These days, both are happy and healthy.