MCFARLAND, Wis. (WKRN) – If you knew you would miss your child’s remaining birthdays, first heartbreak, wedding, etc… What would you do?
ABC News reports on one Wisconsin mom who is refusing to just be a memory when she dies.
Her 4-year-old daughter Brianna has more than 40 different greeting cards waiting for her containing words of advice, jokes and well-wishes from her mom for all events, even for the day she gets her drivers license.
Heather McManamy was initially diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in April 2013, but in August 2014 it was pronounced terminal, and that’s what got her thinking about her family’s life beyond hers.
“It’s in my liver, my bones, my skull, it’s everywhere,” McManamy told ABC News. “I’m in my fourth round of chemo – nine in total.”
McManamy said she will do “anything and everything” to be there for her daughter and husband. “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,” she said.
McManamy and her husband have been together for 13 years. “I see Bri’s awesomeness as a personification of our love. She grew up with mommy having cancer as normal, but she’s so happy and hilarious,” said McManamy.
Brianna also will have videos of her mother to watch when she’s older.
McMnamay hopes her story will inspire other parents to leave their children something physical behind after they’re gone.