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

‘They brought me back’

Following a brain cancer diagnosis, Polly Spence's family moved her from Florida to Michigan for surgery and rehabilitation.

Patient Story

‘I collapsed like Jell-O’

Paralyzed by Guillain-Barré syndrome, Rich Toole found his way back to mobility through intense physical therapy and unyielding positivity.

Patient Story

Merritt’s mystery

Merritt Smith experienced seizures and missed developmental milestones. Genetic testing revealed the cause—a missing chunk of a chromosome.

Patient Story

‘You’re never going to walk again’

A motorcycle crash left Tom Weaver paralyzed from the waist down. That hasn't stopped him from moving on in life—and fighting for greater wheelchair accessibility.

Is your GI tract on track?

Complementary and alternative therapies may help common digestive ailments.

Patient Story

‘I was going every hour on the hour’

Mary Matzen has dealt with an overactive bladder all her life. With nerve stimulation treatment, she finally found relief from those incessant bathroom visits.

Patient Story

Navigating hope

Marcia Poolman had a sore back. She never suspected lung cancer.

Patient Story

‘It’s like a pebble in your shoe’

After Madalin Wixson suffered a sports injury, doctors discovered a bone tumor. After surgery, she's back to playing sports pain-free.

Patient Story

‘It’s very scary to have this’

Corey Ledin Bristol felt short of breath. He never dreamed it could lead to a short life.

Focus on the long game

Do your mental homework now so you're prepared to step into a healthier lifestyle and make it last a lifetime.

Patient Story

‘What do you say to the person who saved your life?’

Lilly Vanden Bosch lived much of her life in a hospital after being diagnosed with a rare anemia at age 7. A donor oceans away changed her life.

Patient Story

‘I’m a warrior’

Fabiola Garnett suffered cardiac arrest at age 13. Two decades later, she received the gift of a heart.

Subscribe to Health Beat

Join our mailing list and we'll deliver our best stories to your inbox, for free!

We'll never share your email with anyone else.

You have Successfully Subscribed!