Worth Fighting for: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward



From Patrick Swayze's widow--the moving, New York Times bestselling account of grief, loss, caregiving, and moving on, with touching stories from their final months together.

When Lisa Niemi first exchanged vows with Patrick Swayze, she 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 both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa 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 his death and openly discusses the challenges that the years without him have posed. Her story is an emotionally honest and unflinching depiction of loss, but it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. "I tell you, I am a different person now," she writes, "one who has been thrown into the fire and forged."

Product Details

Atria Books
Publish Date
October 02, 2012
5.4 X 0.79 X 8.74 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Niemi Swayze is the coauthor of The Time of My Life, which she wrote with her late husband, Patrick Swayze. She wrote, directed, and produced the film One Last Dance and has held many film, television, and Broadway roles, including starring in the play Without a Word with her husband, garnering six Drama Critics Awards.


"A worthy addition to the canon of literature that honestly assesses grief without sentimentalizing it." --"Kirkus

""It's a heartfelt account, both brave and honorable." "--Publisher's Weekly

""Lisa is one of the most honest people I've ever known. It's one of the big reasons Patrick loved her. Read it and you'll see what I mean." --Whoopi Goldberg

"I loved Patrick Swayze and conducted his last television interview before he died. We were joined by the woman he adored, his wife, Lisa. She was soft, tough when she had to be, funny, wise and inspiring. You will be the better for reading her book." --Barbara Walters

"This heartbreaking but bracingly candid book should help comfort anyone going through the loss of a loved one." --"Booklist