“Worth Fighting For” a Book About Life After Loss

4 Jan


Lisa Niemi Swayze, lost her late husband actor Patrick Swayze to Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer in September 2009.  In her new book “Worth Fighting For”, she opens her heart about the battle he went through, their 33 year marriage and how she coped with the loss of her best friend.

Worth Fighting For by Lisa Niemi Swayze

Written from a Caregivers perspective, she reminds everyone going through the battle with a loved one that although the true pain is for the one suffering from the illness to bear, the caregiver fights their own battle.  “There is so much fear surrounding Cancer” she says, “but don’t shut down- if you can go through it together, staying  open to each other, it makes the journey less painful.”  She encourages caregivers and said if she could speak to them she would say “take care of yourself- remember you need to take a little time for yourself too”.

Photo by Greg Gorman

I have always thought Lisa was such a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit.  She not only endured the pain of watching her husband slip away, but had to watch it through the eyes of the tabloids as well.  Yet she did it with such grace and style.

She continues to honor his memory by being a spokeswoman for the Pancreatic Cancer Action NetworkThe Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative–The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020.

I salute Lisa for her efforts to bring awareness to this horrific disease that takes life too quickly from us.  Her beauty shines in the work she is doing, and the voice she longs to bring caregivers everywhere.  You can pick up a copy of her book “Worth Fighting For” and enjoy the hope it brings and the message of Love, Loss and Moving Forward.

The Dedication says it all- “To the one I love- Gone from my sight, but close to my heart”.

Stay Gorgeous Girls-


Anne aka Ms Beauty Buzz



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