Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 3, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
From Patrick Swayze’s widow—the moving, New York Times bestselling account of grief, loss, caregiving, and moving on, with touching stories from their final months together.

When Lisa Niemi first exchanged vows with Patrick Swayze, she promised to be with her husband “till death do us part.” But how many couples stop and think about what that truly means?

Worth Fighting For is both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa shares the details of Patrick’s twenty-one-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable. She writes with heartbreaking honesty about her grief in the aftermath of his death and openly discusses the challenges that the years without him have posed. Her story is an emotionally honest and unflinching depiction of loss, but it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. “I tell you, I am a different person now,” she writes, “one who has been thrown into the fire and forged.”
 

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A Book you dont want to stop reading!

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I am a slow reader However when this book came and I started reading it I dint want to put it down. Very well writen and as open and honest as the writer could be. Love the Book just hate the reason it had to be written. I was a great admire of Pattrick. Read full review

WORTH FIGHTING FOR: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

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The wife of actor Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) shares bittersweet memories of caring for her husband during his battle with cancer.Although the cover shows the author smiling as she pets a horse, the ... Read full review

Contents

Fairy Tale
1
The Diagnosis
17
It Aint Over Till Its Over
29
Uncharted Territory
41
Everybody Finds Out
59
The Troops Arrive
71
In God We Trust All Others Bring Data
79
Russian Roulette
93
AbraxaneThe Breast Cancer Drug
193
JustYour Daily 911 Emergency
201
Outrunning the Ambulance Chasers
215
Rallies Again
225
And Another Thing
237
My SecretWeapon
251
The Last Infection
267
One More Decision
281

Embracing the Alligator
101
The Beast
115
If You Call Me Captain Ill CallYou Daddy
131
Dancing As Fast As We Can
149
Dark Nights Graced with Snow
167
Gimme Something Real
179
Home At Last
287
The Immediate Aftermath
301
Epilogue 311
319
List of Illustrations
323
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About the author (2012)

Lisa Niemi Swayze is the coauthor of The Time of My Life, which she wrote with her late husband, Patrick Swayze. She wrote, directed, and produced the film One Last Dance in 2004. She has held many film, television, and Broadway roles and in addition, she wrote, directed, and starred in the play Without a Word with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards.

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