Their fairytale romance was at times idyllic, but the couple had their ups and downs.
After he died a girlfriend said, ‘you’re a pretty woman but one that looks like she’s been hit by a truck,’ and I felt like that. Every day that you get out of bed is going to make you stronger whether you like it or not. You can never forget but it doesn’t mean you can’t have good days and I have more and more of them as time goes by.
And still I would have given my last breath to help him.
FOX411: Did you two ever argue after he was diagnosed?
Niemi: As far as our classic arguments, yeah here and there.
In early 2008 the world was shocked by Patrick Swayze’s announcement that he had pancreatic cancer.
Amazingly, Swayze battled on for 21 months, and even managed to shoot a season of the television series, ‘The Beast.’ before finally succumbing to the disease in September 2009 at the age of 57.
That made for a very, very special journey between the both of us because right from the get go we were in it together. Niemi: The actual life expectancy after diagnosis is three to six months.
We both knew there was a high price to pay and I think Patrick took care of me during that journey as much as I did for him. It was seven to eight months after he was diagnosed that he shot ‘The Beast’ and he was working 14 to 16 hours a day, five days a week and getting chemo on the weekends. Patrick was a pretty tough guy but I had no idea how tough he could be.
His journey is lovingly and honestly portrayed by his widow Lisa Niemi in her book ‘Worth Fighting For Love, Loss, and Moving Forward.’ In it, Swayze's wife of 34 years writes about her caregiver role, all the medical procedures and those awful final days.