COVER STORY SNEAK PEEK: Patrick Swayze, Wife Lisa – Fighting Together
As he wages the battle of his life against cancer, the actor is never alone
Facing the battle of his life against pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze knows he won’t be fighting alone: at his side is Lisa, his wife of 32 years, PEOPLE reports in its new cover story.
Whether keeping track of her husband’s medications, pureéing special high-fat meals for him or flying him to his chemotherapy treatments at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, Calif. – like Swayze, she is a licensed pilot – Lisa, according to the actor’s younger brother, Don Swayze, “is a pillar of strength.”
As is Patrick himself. Five weeks ago, as he discussed his options during a conference call with doctors, brother Don was in awe: “I was looking in his eyes and I didn’t see a flicker [of fear].”
Says Don: “I saw him think about it for like five seconds, and then he moved right into, ‘Well, we’ve got a battle ahead of us.’ You never really know what kind of soldier you would be until you’re faced with the battle of your life. He’s a warrior.”
For the full story on Patrick’s determination and Lisa’s loving care, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday