I was very saddened by the news that Patrick Swayze had died on Monday of pancreatic cancer.
I thought that the depression I felt was a little silly considering I had never met him so I decided to post my feelings on my Facebook page. I was surprised to find that I was not the only one. Many of my girlfriends were also feeling the same sad feelings as me. We discussed our favorite movies that he starred in and how we had a crush on him when we were teens.
Then I started thinking why he was so important to us and I realized that he was the ultimate Spirited Woman Man. Not only was he handsome but all of his characters LOVED women and held them in the highest regard. Who can forget him in the movie Dirty Dancing when he told Baby's father "Nobody puts Baby in the corner!" or when he came back from the dead in Ghost to just kiss and comfort his widowed wife, Molly, played by actress Demi Moore. Even when he was playing a bank robbing surfer dude in Point Break he took Keanu Reeves under his wing and taught him everything he knew about surfing and stick up even though he knew that he was a FBI agent who could potentially lock him up for life. In To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar Swayze was man enough to play one of three gay drag queens who were on their way to L.A. to compete for the national drag queen title and his character also defended a victim of domestic abuse (even in heels!).
He didn't just act the part, in real life he was just as warm and loving and lived life to the fullest. He met his wife, Lisa Niemi, when she was just 14-years-old while she was one of his mother's dance students. They were married for 34 years and had recently renewed their vows in a spur of the moment celebration.
ABC's Dancing With the Stars will pay tribute to Swayze, who was a onetime guest, with a special episode set to air Sept. 23.
Swayze waged a courageous 20-month battle with his cancer and in excerpts published of his memoir written with his wife, Lisa, in People Magazine, Swayze revealed that his diagnosis at first "seemed like a cruel joke. I couldn't be dying—I had too much to live for!" he wrote.
As his character in Ghost said "It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you." This Spirited Woman hopes that's true - because I loved you Patrick Swayze. If he touched your life too, please let me know.
- Kristin Flannery
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