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Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words

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In his soon-to-be released memoir, Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze details his love of acting, his legacy and the "anger, bitterness and despair" he felt during his fight to survive.

The late actor wrote:

On his diagnosis:
"When my doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles said the words 'pancreatic cancer,' a single thought popped into my head: I'm a dead man. Now, a lot of things go through your head when you get a death sentence handed to you, starting with: 'Why me?' It's hard not to sink into bitterness … For me, that initial shock quickly turned into self-criticism and blame."

On his struggle:
"I was not ready to go, and I'd be damned if this disease was going to take me before I was good and ready. So I said to my doctor, 'Show me where the enemy is and I'll fight him.'" It was "the most challenging, eye-opening battle I've ever had."

On his famous pottery foray in Ghost:
"We really made up the scene as we went along. It was pretty sexy playing in all that clay, so all we had to do was go with it … She was very warm, much warmer than she'd been in the other scenes we'd been in together."

On what he'd leave behind:
"Whenever someone asks me what my legacy is, I say the same thing. I'm not finished yet."

So sad.

So brave.

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33 comments to “Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words”



  1. 1

    WWW.BRANDONHILTON.COM



  2. 2

    I normally could care less about any movie stars dying, but I LOVED Patrick Swayze. Dirty Dancing is one of the soundtracks of my life. He was a good husband, a great actor, and a healthy person. He will be truly missed.



  3. 3

    so sad Miss him so much!!



  4. 4

    I love Ghost and Dirty Dancing…. Patrick was a class act. You never heard a harsh word from him. He was not in the tabloids and never cheated on Lisa.

    R.I.P.
    Patrick



  5. 5

    So sad:(



  6. 6

    What a twit! Why me? Why NOT you? Instead maybe someone's four year old? What, you thought you shouldn't get cancer until you were 65? 75? You thought it should have been ME instead? What a self-centered idiot. He smoked and drank and got cancer–why NOT him!? He doesn't know millions of people are diagnosed every year??? why NOT him? The people I admire are the ones who say, "Oh crap. My turn I guess." ANd then he used the word "deserve," why did he "deserve" to get it, as if cancer is something that punishes people, yeah sure, like the 10 year olds with leukemia or the toddler with a brain tumor. How can people admire this doorknob???? Did he "deserve" fame and success and money? I guess he thought he did. Do people "deserve" to die in earthquakes and drunken driving accidents? Did Phil Hartman "deserve" what happened to him? How about getting cancer and having no doctor, Patrick, or no fucking MONEY????? and now his stupid book will sell and people will talk about how brave he was. You live to your late 50s, that's a pretty good run, son.

    Good Riddance!



  7. 7

    Gone to soon. Rest in Peace, Mr. Swayze



  8. 8

    *gone too soon…



  9. 9

    He was a class act. R.I.P. Patrick.



  10. 10

    That breaks my heart!! So sad..



  11. 11

    Re: contrarianchick – He was commenting on the shock effect of being diagnosed with a form of cancer that very few survive. "Why me?" wasn't arrogance, it was the inability to cope with the news. I've felt certain things in my life were punishment, such as losing a loved one, until I had coped with it and learned to see it in a different light; that's how he felt personally, he wasn't saying that's how everyone should feel. Not only was your rant filled with gross assumptions and misguided rage, it was just tacky. To say "good riddance" about someone's passing, especially someone with a family to grieve for them, shows how vile your mind really is. Before you make judgments on a person's character, take a look at your own bitter self.



  12. 12

    Such an admirable and talented human being. Just watched To Wong Foo the other night in his honor.



  13. 13

    Re: Becky Folder – PLEASE STFU ALREADY.



  14. 14

    Look. I really liked Patrick. I enjoyed his movies, especially Dirty D and Ghost. But other ones, too. Yes it was sad he died, but he also made some choices that contributed. He was a chain-smoker, and he was in and out of rehab for drugs and alcohol. In fact, he was a serious alcoholic.
    I am not saying he caused his own cancer, but he had to know that he would pay a price. My mother was a smoker until four years ago. She is fine now, but she even said she feels like it's a timebomb that will go off someday and she will pay for the 30 years she spent with a cigarette in her mouth. People make choices. Those choices aren't free of consequences. People do what they want, but someday people pay for it. The trouble is, so does your family.



  15. 15

    R.I.P. Patrick, you were a strong soul. You are missed.



  16. 16

    Re: contrarianchick – Yes, we understand that…all of it….but come on must you be so bitter and hateful? This man was human and had feelings, EVERYONE reacts in this way or another EVEN YOU I am sure. Must I remind you he EARNED his fame, his money and life. Don't hate on success. And maybe when you pass, someone will say GOOD RIDDANCE as well, hateful.



  17. 17

    Re: Subterfuge – TRUE THAT!!



  18. 18

    Re: contrarianchick
    How can you possibly be such an asshole? I mean, did he say, "Why hasn't some four year old gotten sick instead of me?" I'm sure that if you were told the same news, you'd be thinking the same thing. He was afraid, we all would be, and you are definitely in no way even worthy of saying that someone of this legendary status deserved this sickness.



  19. 19

    Re: lemonbird – Though it's sad because he seemed like a genuinely nice guy, not in the tabs all the time, etc…, I totally agree with what you're saying. I smoked for 25 years, and if I'm someday diagnosed with cancer, i'll consider it the cards I've been dealt due to my own careless actions.



  20. 20

    Re: contrarianchick – "Why me?" Why not you, troll? Take your hatemongering schtick somewhere else.



  21. 21

    HMmm so Demi is a cold bitch, we knew that



  22. 22

    :( R.I.P NOw HIS ON a better place… HEAVEN



  23. 23

    Poor Patrick and his Tobacco Smoking Addiction. Nicotine…what a pathetic substance… I see a lot of hot guys around that catch my eye, but IF they light up or puff on a cigarette, I can't help but think they are either stupid, or have no self control.
    I hope Patrick puts in his book how cigarette smoking damaged his health and warns people off that sh*t.
    He did a good thing reporting that he used medicinal marijuana though - that is actually a healthy thing that can stimulate your appetite if it is diminished.



  24. 24

    Such a class act. What a loss to the acting community and the world.



  25. 25

    Re: contrarianchick – What the hell do you suppose would be your first reaction to finding out you were terminally ill? Instead you're just terminally ill-tempered. Grow up and find some freaking compassion in your judgmental, hollow soul.



  26. 26

    well I never liked his movies, and now I have loads of re-runs on TV in tribute so I wish he was still alive. He tongued whoopi, that deserves a friggin oscar!



  27. 27

    This is so sad. I think we all knew what would happen,but when it did,I felt like I lost a friend. Patrick will always be #1 with me.
    I will buy this book. RIP,Patrick and thank you for ….YOU!



  28. 28

    Re: contrarianchick – Wow! You're a hateful jerk! He DID say ,"why me",just like a lot of people would. But instead of feeling sorry for himself,he fought the cancer,with all that he had.
    Karma is a bitch. And,apparently,so are YOU! UGH!



  29. 29

    Patrick,
    I'll never
    get over
    thiz…I truly
    luv♥♥U.
    xoxoxoxo
    come/play
    w/me in my
    dreamz…♥



  30. 30

    What a tough, brave man. May he rest in peace. He seemed like such a good person.



  31. 31

    Amor Fati. Living is a very precious gift, and that's what it means to become a moral being, whatever your religion or non-religion: it is to choose to recognize the wonders and precarities of life and to respect them.



  32. 32

    Re: contrarianchick – wow…what a hateful person you are. How can you feel that why about someone you dont even know? You should seriously do some soul searching to see what makes you so ugly. Karma is a bitch. Lets hope you wont be asking "why me" in the near future….wait maybe I do !!!!! I dont even know you but I dont like you already and I hope you dont live in my city



  33. 33

    Re: contrarianchick
    u are so sick writing this, a man has died for goodness sake, show a bit of compassion!!!!!!!!!