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Lisa Niemi: Healing From the Loss of Patrick Swayze

The dancer, writer, and horse woman channels her grief into advocating for pancreatic cancer research.

How is your health now?

I think it's OK. I'm actually due to get a checkup. In the grief process, there are a lot of times where your body just doesn't feel like your own. You feel stuff in your body and you think, "It could be something, it could be nothing."

The story about your brother's neighbor is funny. It's interesting that people would read Time of My Life not already knowing who Patrick is.

It's interesting because generally people's experience of him is in roles or in interviews. I get asked how I feel about seeing him on the screen now, but I don't have that much of a problem with it because every time I see him come up like that, it's a character. He's playing a role and it's not the Patrick that I know.

Which was your favorite of Patrick's movies?

It's hard to pick a favorite. Ghost, of course, is a fantastic movie. I've always liked Dirty Dancing; I think it's still around for a reason. I love it when he falls out of the back of the airplane in Point Break. I love Red Dawn because that whole area is where our ranch is. I like City of Joy for the opportunity to be in India and have your eyes opened in a way that you never imagined they could be and in a wonderful, human way.

What's your philosophy on what makes strong relationships?

There are always going to be bumps along the way, but you have to remember that that's the beauty of life. We're complicated creatures and we're doing the best we can, and part of that is making mistakes and failing occasionally. And if you have the resilience to bounce back together, stronger, that's a really beautiful thing.

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Reviewed on October 07, 2010

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