Warning: There is some strong language within the letter
MCFARLAND, Wisc. -- After a 36-year-old Wisconsin mother passed away from breast cancer, her husband shared a letter she wrote for her friends and family.
Heather McManamy's husband, Jeff, shared the letter on Facebook, saying that his wife wanted him to post the letter once she had passed away.
So…I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead.
Heather's letter went on to talk about how she was glad she lived a life full of love, joy and amazing friends.
She mentions that she wants her daughter, Brianna, to know she never wanted to leave her.
Please, please, please do not tell Brianna that I am in heaven. In her mind, that means that I chose to be somewhere else and left her. In reality, I did everything I could to be here with her, as there is nowhere, NOWHERE, I would rather be than with her and Jeff.
She also asks her funeral guests to dance, as she would never want to miss out on fun.
If you go to my funeral, please run up a bar tab that would make me proud. Heck, blast “Keg on My Coffin” and dance on the bar for me (because there had better be a dance party at some point).
**the entire letter can be read below**
She then ends her letter by sharing an important life lesson.
Please do me a favor and take a few minutes each day to acknowledge the fragile adventure that is this crazy life. Don’t ever forget: every day matters.
The McManamy family also started a GoFundMe Page to raise money. It has currently raised more than $44,000.
Her husband also announced that McManamy is posthumously releasing a book: Cards for Brianna: A Lifetime of Lessons and Love from a Dying Mother to Her Daughter. It it set to be published next April.
Amazon released a description of the book as well:
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.