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It certainly was a very sad day when I discovered that Patrick Swayze had lost his battle against cancer, the odds were against him, but I thought that, like in the movies, it might have a happy ending. Sadly that wasn't to be.
I have to admit I did cry and it was mainly for selfish reasons, I felt a part of my youth had died.
Dirty Dancing was a huge hit when I was in my teens the 'nobody puts baby in a corner' line is one that most women my age will always remember. Many a happy time with the girls round, bottle of wine (ok a few bottles) watching Dirty Dancing and Ghost.....ah happy days.
The Time of My Life
Is a book that once started can't be put down, so please make sure you have some time on your hands before you start reading!
It's a well written book about a truely passionate man...
I think one of the reasons that so many people liked Patrick Swayze male and female was that he never prentended to be perfect. This books openly admits he made mistakes (but don't we all?).
The love he shared with his wife comes across in this book, which pleases me, as there are far too many many 'show business' marriages that hit the pan after a couple of months/year (even hours/days in some cases!).
The foreward to the book was particularly sad to read. It positvely describes how he intends to beat the cancer, and I think he truely believed that to the very end. It isn't however just a book focusing on his fight against cancer.
I didn't realise that Dirty Dancing was intended to be a low budget, straight-to-video production! Well it certainly became a whole lot more than that infact it's a cult classic now.
It goes into depth about the treatment he received for alcoholism following the death of his father and sister (this man really did go through the mill).
There really are no secrets in this books and I think that's why it's hard to put down once you start reading it, there are so many highs and lows and all the way through his passion shines through.
A very inspirational read even if you weren't a huge Patrick fan. It just very sad that the outcome wasn't to be a fairytale.
In September 2009 movie star Patrick Swayze lost his long and bravely fought battle ... more
against pancreatic cancer. Dedications soon came flooding in from Swayze's many friends in film and television as well as from his legions of adoring fans. His was a life richly led and this memoir, completed just weeks before his death, is a testament to the strength and passion of this remarkable man. It was January 2008 when Patrick Swayze was given the worst news of his life. What he hoped was just a stomach ache was actually stage four pancreatic cancer. This book isn't just the story of Patrick's fight against cancer. In the public eye from the early 1980s, this is the story of a remarkable life and career. Intended as a low budget, straight-to-video production, Dirty Dancing became a cult hit and remains one of the most enduring films of the 80s. Ghost cemented Patrick as a hugely bankable star, in a role that has had a considerable cultural impact. Most recently Patrick returned to the public's adoring arms in TV's The Beast. This book will chronicle Patrick's personal life, too -- including his treatment for alcoholism following the death of his father and sister's sudden death. What remained a constant in Patrick's life was his marriage and Patrick and Lisa's love story is inspiring, honest, heartfelt and transcends the typical celebrity marriage. This is a book that anyone who has faced cancer or a terminal illness can turn to: Lisa and Patrick have shown the world that cancer isn't just a diagnosis given to one individual, but a disease that can bring a household together or pull a family apart. Bold, honest and inspiring, Patrick Swayze's memoir is the story of a remarkable man's life and career and of his refusal to give up without a fight.