After being married to Patrick Swayze for 34 years, his widow Lisa Niemi Swayze discovered love once more.
In 2014, the actress and creator married jeweler Albert DePrisco. They met via mutual pals.
“I really like Patrick so deeply — and it’s attention-grabbing as a result of that hasn’t modified to find new love,” the 66-year-old advised “Good Morning America” on Monday. “Simply since you lose somebody doesn’t imply love stops.”
Niemi Swayze famous that she and DePrisco “felt so blessed to seek out one another as a result of we nonetheless have a variety of love to present, and it’s great to seek out somebody to present it to.”
And he or she’s simply as decided to maintain the late star’s legacy alive.
The actor, who starred in quite a few hit movies together with “Soiled Dancing” and Ghost” handed away in 2009 from superior pancreatic most cancers. He was 57. November is Pancreatic Most cancers Consciousness Month.
“I used to all the time say, significantly with the sorts of roles that Patrick favored to play, he all the time favored to be the hero,” she mentioned. “I all the time say, ‘You give him a sword, a cape and a horse, and he’s a cheerful man.’ However I let you know, when it got here to preventing his sickness, this illness, you actually noticed he… was a hero.”
Swayze was recognized with stage 4 pancreatic most cancers in January 2008. He died in September 2009 after a “heartfelt, grueling, powerful, decided struggle for 22 months,” she mentioned.
Niemi Swayze mentioned she nonetheless remembers one specific day throughout her husband’s most cancers battle once they have been strolling on their ranch in New Mexico. It’s a reminiscence that has stayed etched in her thoughts over time.
“It was a wonderful day and his eyes glistened, and he mentioned, ‘I wish to dwell,’” she recalled. “I do know that everyone else on the market that’s coping with this illness and their households really feel precisely the identical.”
Swayze first met his spouse, a fellow Houston native, in certainly one of his mom’s dance lessons. They married in 1975 and remained collectively till his demise. Niemi Swayze advised the outlet that his struggle towards the illness introduced out a aspect of him “he all the time needed to be,” which was a “actually brave, humble, loving, decided [and] sturdy” particular person.
“He had his moments,” she mentioned. “However, after all, Patrick was all the time conscious that he was the one who would pay the last word value. You already know, it’s simply not honest that he needed to be taken so quickly in life. I don’t wish to see that occur to different individuals.”
“The one method we’re going to cease [pancreatic cancer] is by funding and analysis and higher remedies and early detection,” she added.
In 2012, Niemi Swayze wrote a e book titled “Value Combating For: Love, Loss and Transferring Ahead.” It particulars the couple’s remaining months collectively, her expertise in being a caregiver and the way she coped with grieving.
“As time goes on, it by no means goes away,” she mentioned. “It’s type of like a wound, and it heals over, however there’s all the time that scar. And it is probably not as seen, but it surely’s all the time there, and also you by no means know when it’ll elevate its head once more.”
The widow admitted this yr was a troublesome one. Aug. 18 would have been Swayze’s seventieth birthday.
“All of it got here again to me,” she defined. “However you already know what? It resolves, and I’ve discovered to take the nice with the dangerous. And, you already know, the dangerous elements are the worth of getting an exquisite, nice love — and I’ll take that any day of the week. I’d do it once more.”
Niemi Swayze hopes that her story will resonate with caregivers. She additionally inspired these confronted with the illness and their family members to “be courageous collectively.” She described the way it’s been a “nice honor” to assist elevate consciousness.
“Simply because Patrick handed on… didn’t imply that struggle was over, and I used to be carrying that on for him,” she mentioned.