Farmington Hills author pens children’s book about having a sick parent

Risa Kirschner
Risa Kirschner (contributed)

Farmington Hills resident Risa Kirschner developed heart failure when her daughter was just two years old.

That experience led Kirschner to write Feel Better, Mommy, based on her daughter’s experience. The fully illustrated book teaches children that hospitals are safe places for healing and that parents always love their children, even if they have to spend time away from home.

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“Visiting the hospital can be so overwhelming and confusing for little ones,” Kirschner said in a press release. “Personally, I wanted my daughter to know she was loved, even though Mommy couldn’t always be there. I hope this book will share that message and answer some questions along the way.”

Feel Better MommyAuthor, lecturer, attorney, and real estate broker, Kirschner struggled with heart failure and underwent many cardiac surgeries at the University of Michigan.

Once she recovered, she became an advocate for patient and family-centered health care, and she served on the executive committee of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the university.

Kirschner will hold an official book launch on Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Temple Israel Korman Atrium, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. Learn more about Feel Better, Mommy at

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