Published April 2016
Though the end of your life may be near, it doesn't mean you have to stop living
After being diagnosed in her early thirties with terminal breast cancer, Heather McManamy felt like her life was crumbling. Her "normal" vanished―and was replaced with multiple surgeries and dozens of chemo treatments that could briefly extend her life, but would not prevent her inevitable death. With an effervescent spirit and a new perspective, Heather started to live each day as if it were her last. She learned to soak in the moment, appreciate the beauty around her, and celebrate her blessings. She also pondered her daughter's future journey without her mother―and gracefully prepared for it.
Heather began to write greeting cards to Brianna. Cards for her first day of school, her sixteenth birthday, her wedding day. Cards for when things were going right and when they were going wrong. Cards for when Brianna would need her mother―whether in five years or in fifty years-and Heather wouldn't be able to be there for her. Cards for Brianna is the story of one mother's powerful love for her young daughter and Heather's unmatched experiences, laced with laughter and charm, are a reminder to never take a single day for granted.
Her intent is not to shock readers, but the filters are off... [McManamy] left behind an appreciation of life that some never get to experience.
This young mother offers all of us clear but poignant words of wisdom and humor as she passes through metastatic breast cancer Sometimes the information is as brutally honest as the chemicals put into her body. It's her matter-of-fact tone, encouraging us all to laugh, think and cry, that makes this an encouraging book.
I will be forever grateful that Heather McManamy took the time on the journey to the end of her life to share her hope and wisdom. Her book Cards for Brianna: A Mom's Messages of Living, Laughing, and Loving as Time Is Running Out, is so much more than the title reveals. It's a loving guide to people in all stages of life's adventure, a joyful reminder of the most important things to lean on – kindness, bravery, laughter and love. This book would be a wonderful gift for yourself or anyone you love.