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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

‘Really powerful and valuable’

Through pregnancy, an emergency C-section, pediatric appointments and a broken bone, MyHealth has been a trusted companion for this family.

Patient Story

‘They only gave me 6 to 9 months’

When stomachaches turned out to be the worst form of pancreatic cancer, Tricia Johnson found hope in a targeted clinical trial treatment.

Patient Story

4 before 40

Jeremy VerVeer suffered his first heart attack at age 25. He then survived three more by age 38.

Patient Story

‘Jemima is a miracle’

Most babies with trisomy 18 never make it to birth. Those who do typically die shortly thereafter. This toddler is blasting the odds.

Patient Story

‘An incredible gift’

Talk about kid-friendly surgery: Children watch live feeds from zoos and aquariums while in the operating room.

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.

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