September 17, 2009 5:05:08 pm
Patrick Swayze described his life as an “amazing ride” in his memoir,’The Time of My Life’ which is set to release later this month.
“I began thinking to myself,I’ve had more lifetimes than any 10 people put together,and it’s been an amazing ride. So this is okay,” the actor wrote in his book,whose title is inspired by a song from his movie ‘Dirty Dancing’.
The yesteryear’s Hollywood heartthrob,who died Monday at the age of 57 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer,co-wrote the book with his wife actress Lisa Niemi earlier this year while he was being treated for the disease.
Swayze reveals in the book about how he first got the devastating news 20 months ago,People magazine online reported.
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“I had been having some digestive trouble,mostly acid reflux and a kind of bloated feeling,for a few weeks. I’ve had a sensitive stomach my whole life,so I hadn’t thought much of it,but lately I just couldn’t shake the constant discomfort,” the actor wrote in the book,which comes out on Sept 29.
Swayze added that he knew what he was up against from the very beginning.
“My doctor told me my chances of surviving for more than a few months weren’t high and I had no reason to doubt him,” the actor wrote.
The ‘Ghost’ star fought throughout his illness,even during the production of his A&E cop series,’The Beast’,in the summer of 2008.
“I continued with chemotherapy all the way through the shoot. But I never took any painkillers since they dull not only your pain but also your sharpness,” Swayze wrote describing his struggle with the terminal disease.
The actor said that any moments of despair were squelched by actor’s love of life and the unwavering support of his wife.
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