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 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.

Patient Story

‘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.

Patient Story

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.

Patient Story

‘Your whole life flashes before you…’

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

Patient Story

Easton Hirdes: Boy wonder

His story could be a Hollywood double for the movie, "Wonder." Like the main character in that film, he has overcome the odds and found his place in public school.

Patient Story

‘She has this awesome spirit about her’

Meredith Veenstra, 6, survives rare eye cancer with the grace and beauty of a princess.

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.

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‘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.