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

‘Is he going to make it?’

The Ramirez children are all impacted in some way by hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Through a 17-year relationship with their doctor, they've learned to thrive.

10 things to know about IBD

Here's what you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease—from symptoms to treatment.

Patient Story

The tiniest ring bearer

They wanted their preemie son at their wedding, so they wed in the chapel of the children's hospital where he has spent his first six months of life.

Patient Story

Bravo, Book Fairy

Wendy McLenithan opens magical new worlds to children beyond patient rooms.

Patient Story

‘This was a big wake-up call for me’

Michelle Jones stared down her mortality when diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she looks toward the present—and the future.

Patient Story

‘I’ve been very fortunate’

Walter Sergeant lived with a heart murmur for years until a non-invasive heart procedure fixed his defective valve for good.

Patient Story

‘They’ve expanded what we thought was possible’

Christopher Cranson's scar reminds him of his congenital heart defect, but he's not conceding to limitations.

Patient Story

Prescient advice: Get your mammogram

‘You never know how people are going to touch your life,’ says Paula Bowen, who followed wise words from a former president's daughter.

Patient Story

Pampered with a purpose

Even though she lost her hair to treatments, Ruth Hourani learned to feel beautiful again thanks to Beautiful You, a free program for women battling cancer.

Patient Story

‘Time is brain’

David McIntee is a competitive athlete, but a genetic heart condition led to a stroke. Quick action saved his cognition—and his life.

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‘There’s no wrong choice’

Business acquaintances Bill Payne and Sean Welsh become friends, sharing their divergent yet successful prostate cancer journeys.

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Luck o’ the early colon cancer diagnosis

Stephanie Schlueter walked the Spectrum Health Irish Jig for the fourth time, but her first as a survivor.