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Patrick Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi Swayze says star knew he was ‘a dead man’ upon hearing cancer diagnosis

Patrick Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze, opens up about the difficult journey following her cancer diagnosis.

During a recent appearance on the “Amy and TJ Podcast,” Lisa shared Patrick’s first reaction to learning he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008.

“When he first found out he had pancreatic cancer, he turned to me and said, ‘I’m a dead man,'” Lisa said on the podcast. “I didn’t know much about pancreatic cancer, but he did, and from what he knew, every time you heard that someone had had pancreatic cancer, it was like: ‘Well, he’s out of here.'”

She further explained that the actor’s doctors were able to confirm his diagnosis following an endoscopic procedure, after which they informed her of his condition, leaving her wondering when was the right time to tell her husband.

After finding out her husband’s diagnosis, she shared that he was always “pretty stunned” and that she didn’t want to “tell him when he was stunned.”

Lisa explained that Patrick’s first reaction upon learning of his cancer diagnosis was, “I’m a dead man.” P.A.

She instead chose to wait, adding that when she woke up from a nap in the hospital room a few hours later, she found that “the doctor was sitting across from him and he was in the bed,” saying, “I knew the doctor was just waiting.” told him.”

“Sure enough, the doctor said you can go ahead and treat it and be as aggressive as you want, but remember to get your affairs in order as soon as possible. “It’s a hard thing to hear,” she told the “Amy and TJ Podcast.”

From that point on, Lisa explained that “every ounce of energy we had was going to help him live.” His first instinct was to call his sister-in-law, who worked as an oncologist in Texas, and suggest that they get Patrick into a clinical trial and “go out guns blazing.”

Lisa explained that she and Patrick tried to maintain a positive attitude during his treatment. Getty Images

Aside from how they treated her cancer medically, Lisa explained that they did their best to stay positive.

“Your life changes in no time, and it will never be the same after that,” she explained. ” Everything changed. We always called ourselves optimistic realists, because we knew in all likelihood how this was going to turn out, but we maintained that he was the one who would pull through, because miracles happen. We remained very positive about everything, but I tell you what, it was like living a complete nightmare 24/7.”

Although it was important for them to stay positive, Lisa admitted that it was difficult for her at times, saying she cried from time to time, but only in private.

Lisa and Patrick met when they were teenagers and were married for 34 years before his passing. Getty Images

She told the podcast hosts that Patrick had only seen her cry once and that “it scared her,” so she tried not to let him catch up with her.

One moment that was particularly heartbreaking for Lisa was when they were both walking around their ranch in New Mexico, and he was telling her how much he would like to go camping one last time.

” We are walking. It’s a beautiful day, and he looked at me with tears in his eyes, he said, ‘I want to live,'” she said.

The couple met when Lisa was 15 and Patrick was 19, at her mother’s ballet school in Houston, Texas, and later married in 1975.

The two remained together for 34 years, with Lisa remaining by his side until his death in September 2009.

“She was different from anyone I had known. Like a flower. If I started my macho stuff, she would stop me quickly,” Patrick told People in 1984. “I would be dead without her. She helped me break my self-destructive tendencies. I was an insecure little baby. I never see us separated. She is my creative partner.

New York Post

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