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Patricia Mish

Patricia Mish has been a writer and editor for magazines and newspapers, covering a variety of topics including police, schools and religion for the Grand Rapids Press, the Kalamazoo Gazette and the Ann Arbor News. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, her first exposure to journalism involved scouring the Chicago Tribune sports section for the daily box scores. She enjoys camping and exploring Michigan’s lakes with her husband, John, and three sons. An avid runner, her ideal Saturday involves a long run with friends followed by a trip to one of Grand Rapids’ many excellent bakeries.

Posts from Patricia Mish

Patient Story

‘This is giving me life’

After a stem cell transplant to treat bone marrow cancer, Kim Granzotto is enjoying retirement—with plenty of time for travel and grandkids.

The subtle signs of heart trouble

Women are often more likely to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, or pain in the neck, shoulders and jaw.

Patient Story

‘It was a hard journey’

Brenda Partee overcame her fears and underwent a stem cell transplant to treat cancer. “I feel better now than I have in four years,” she says.

‘Keep it simple’

As kids enter their tween and teen years, take time for frequent, focused chats about substance abuse.

Patient Story

How Kathy got her smile back

Amid her fight against cancer, a Muskegon woman restores her hope—and her hairstyle—in a visit to a special salon.

‘He could thrive’

A school nurse looks beneath the surface to help a 12-year-old boy overcome health challenges in middle school.

‘It’s about being in the moment’

Rehab and nursing residents harness the power of music to lift their spirits and relight cherished memories.

A lurking liver trouble

About 1 in 4 adults have an abnormal buildup of fat in the liver—and they may not even realize it.

Become a label ninja

The improved Nutrition Facts label makes it easier to sort healthy items from unhealthy—but you have to know what to look for.

Patient Story

A heart for art

Amid a battle with cancer, Diane Meyer returned to her artistic roots. "Once you get into the art, everything else goes away," she says.

An avocado a day

An amazing flavor and unbeatable nutritional content proves there's lots to love about this mighty fruit.

Start early to reduce Alzheimer’s risk

Embracing a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle in your 30s may promote better brain development in later years.