Cards for Brianna

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.
    Library Journal
  • 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.
    Susan Straub
    creator and director of The Read to Me Program and co-author of Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos
  • 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.
    Kathy Kinney
    actress and co-author of Queen of Your Own Life

Latest News

June 29, 2016

5 Star Reviews Across the Board!

The reviews for Cards for Brianna on are perfect – five stars across the board!  
February 9, 2016

Hallmark on board with “Cards for Brianna!”

So much has transpired with Cards for Brianna since Heather passed away nearly two months ago (December 15, 2015), but probably nothing bigger than this: Hallmark […]
January 5, 2016

A few updates…

Happy New Year! Here are a few updates on some of my books, as of January 5, 2016… The making of Cards for Brianna continues to […]
December 14, 2015

Contract signed with Sourcebooks for “Cards for Brianna!”

I posted this on Facebook today (December 14, 2015). More on this to come!! What a wild six weeks it has been. I first contacted Heather […]