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

‘She was near death’

Charlotte Drinkall almost died on a family vacation. After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, her life completely changed.

9 tips for a merry metabolism

Don't let the holidays wreck your wellness.

Patient Story

‘I want it gone’

After being diagnosed with two separate cancers within days of each other, Bob Bustance made funeral arrangements. Today, he's back to work and enjoying life.

15 ways to keep your glow

Not looking forward to winter? Neither is your skin. Check out these tips to ensure your body's largest organ stays in tip-top shape.

Patient Story

‘I felt and heard a big pop’

Hope College running back Mike Miklusicak suffered two severe knee injuries. After two surgeries, he's back toting the rock and scoring touchdowns.

Patient Story

‘I was just crushed’

Fearing an elbow injury would ice his college hockey career, Chad McDonald underwent Tommy John surgery. He has now landed a spot with the pros.

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.