Worth fighting for love loss and moving forward

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worth fighting for love loss and moving forward

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi Swayze

Wait a minute . . .

. . . there.

I made it to the next moment.

And that’s how you get through a bad moment of grief. You do it one moment at a time.

—from Worth Fighting For

LISA NIEMI and PATRICK SWAYZE were married for thirty-four years. They first met as teenagers at his mother’s dance studio—he was older and just a bit cocky; she was the beautiful waif who refused to worship the ground he walked on. Through the years their marriage strained under the pressures that many do, but it was always a uniquely passionate and creative partnership.

When they first exchanged vows, Lisa 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 a remarkably candid look at what losing a partner really entails—how to care for him or her, how to make it through each day without falling into despair, and how to move forward in the second half of your life when the person you spent the first half with is gone.

For the first time, Lisa Niemi Swayze 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 Patrick’s death, and she openly discusses the challenges that the years without him have posed.

While this is an emotionally honest and un-flinching depiction of illness and loss, it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. Lisa shows that no matter how dark the prospect of another day may seem, there are always reserves of strength to call upon. She writes, “I tell you, I am a different person now. One who has been thrown into the fire and forged.” Like The Year of Magical Thinking and A Widow’s Story, this book is both a tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze first met as teenagers at his mother's dance studio.
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Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

Through the years their marriage strained under the pressures that many do, but it was always a uniquely passionate and creative partnership. Worth Fighting For is a remarkably candid look at what losing a partner really entails—how to care for him or her, how to make it through each day without falling into despair, and how to move forward in the second half of your life when the person you spent the first half with is gone. While this is an emotionally honest and un-flinching depiction of illness and loss, it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. Lisa shows that no matter how dark the prospect of another day may seem, there are always reserves of strength to call upon. One who has been thrown into the fire and forged. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….

Through the years their marriage strained under the pressures that many do, but it was always a uniquely passionate and creative partnership. Worth Fighting For is a remarkably candid look at what losing a partner really entails—how to care for him or her, how to make it through each day without falling into despair, and how to move forward in the second half of your life when the person you spent the first half with is gone. While this is an emotionally honest and un-flinching depiction of illness and loss, it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. Lisa shows that no matter how dark the prospect of another day may seem, there are always reserves of strength to call upon. One who has been thrown into the fire and forged. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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When movie star Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in , he and his wife of 32 years had already survived fame, failure, a miscarriage, his alcoholism, and rehab. Lisa bulldozed through her fear. She was determined to find an aggressive clinical trial for a new drug. She found the right oncologists. When, in the middle of scans, test results, chemo and blocked stents, Patrick shot a TV series, The Beast , in Chicago, Lisa was at his side every moment, handling logistics, transport, nutrition and meds. This cycle is the same, no doubt, for celebrity spouses and civilians alike.

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