[Photo: Facebook/Heather McManamy]
If you’re handed a death sentence, how do you deal with that? For each and every person, there will be a different answer. But one mother decided she would go down with some wise words for everyone to remember her by.
After a two-year-long fight with breast cancer, Heather McManamy left her husband Jeff with one very important task – to share a letter she had written on Facebook after her passing.
Filled with tear-jerking anecdotes and inspiring requests, it’s easy to see why the letter has gone viral. It’s only been three days since Jeff uploaded it but it’s already been shared almost 65,000 times and liked by over 17,000 people – a testament to how moving it is. Seriously, make sure you have tissues before you read it in its entirety.
Speaking from beyond the grave, McManamy asks people to teach her daughter Brianna about love and tell her stories about her (maybe even exaggerating her coolness a little). She also talks about sharing the last decade with the love of her life and best friend, Jeff, and thanks him publically for their “breathtaking” life.
“Go google Physicist’s Eulogy and know that it is a scientific fact I will always be with you both in some way. I know that if you just stop and look hard enough, I’ll be with there (in as non-creepy a way possible). You’re my world and I loved every second we had together more than words (sic),” she writes.
She asks that no one says she “lost” to cancer. “Cancer may have taken almost everything from me, but it never took my love or my hope or my joy,” she writes. “It wasn’t a ‘battle’ it was just life, which is often brutally random and unfair, and that’s simply how it goes sometimes. I didn’t lose, dammit. The way I lived for years with cancer is something I consider a pretty big victory. Please remember that.”
But ultimately, the 36-year-old encourages everyone reading the letter to cherish what they’ve got, to “celebrate the beauty of life” and to remember that every single day matters. If that doesn’t make you make the most of this Christmas, then nothing will.
Read the full letter here.