A Wisconsin cancer patient and mother is determined to remain in her young daughter’s memory.
Heather McManamy decided that, in order for her daughter to always remember her, she would fill out greeting cards for the 4-year-old’s future milestones.
McManamy wrote the letters for a range of different milestones and ages — for random encouragement, bad days, her wedding, her driver’s license, and even her first breakup.
“Every one of these that I get to hand out in person will be an accomplishment,” McManamy told ABC News.
In April 2013, McManamy was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. It was her terminal diagnosis in August 2014 that had her thinking about her family members’ lives without her.
“It’s in my liver, my bones, my skull, it’s everywhere,” she said. “I’m in my fourth round of chemo — nine in total. […] I guess I still have hope. I’m just not ready to say goodbye yet. It’s really painful to know that they’re going to be sad and I won’t be there to comfort them.”
For a few months now, McManamy said she’s been searching for greeting cards celebrating all the significant moments life has to offer.
“They’re like this physical representation of ‘this is all of the stuff I’m going to miss,'” she told ABC News.
So far, McManamy has collected and written inside of 40 different cards, offering her daughter advice.
“I don’t care what she does in her life,” she added. “I just want her to find her happiness. Life it short. If she’s true to herself, everything will be OK,” McManamy says of her daughter, Brianna.
McManamy has also created videos for her daughter to watch when she is older.