Letter from beyond grave brings husband comfort after wife dies of cancer

Letter from beyond grave brings husband comfort after wife dies of cancer
Heather McManamy with husband Jeff and daughter Bri.

A McFarland woman, who was suffering from metastatic breast cancer and was featured in a News 3 story in October, has died, her family said.

Heather McManamy shared her story of cancer diagnosis and treatment on Oct. 12, a day ahead of annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Day.

On Tuesday morning, McManamy’s husband Jeff posted a letter he said was written by Heather. The post said Heather McManamy had died.

“Don’t say I lost to cancer. Because cancer may have taken almost everything from me, but it never took my love or my hope or my joy,” the letter said. “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.”

In October, Heather McManamy said she was sharing her cancer story because she wanted to raise awareness about metastatic breast cancer — which differs from other breast cancers — and the need for research funds.

“Do something about the lack of research funds,” Heather McManamy said.
“I mean, the pink ribbon and all of that, that doesn’t represent us.”

Read Heather’s letter:

Heather McManamy letter