Patrick Swayze's widow still texts her late husband
"I just put what I always did, 'I love you'. And then I cry for a little bit to myself"
Lisa Niemi - who admits she has struggled to come to terms with life without the actor who died of cancer aged 57 last September - has continued her tradition of texting him before boarding a flight.
She told People magazine: "I just put what I always did, 'I love you'. And then I cry for a little bit to myself.
"It didn't come back. So either somewhere out there he received it, or someone's going, 'Somebody loves me!' And you know what? I figured it was a win-win situation."
Lisa - who was married to the 'Dirty Dancing' star for 34 years - has also spoke about her difficult decision to bring Patrick home to die and how she struggled not to "freak out".
She explained: "It was tough. It was just my sense of that's what he might have wanted.
"I like to think he knew I was there. I was always afraid I'd freak out.
"To have your soul mate leave you, it was definitely overwhelming, but at the same time I knew he was in a better place because he had used every ounce of that body."
It was also a struggle for Lisa to stay positive after the death of her husband's favourite horse - a white stallion named Kuhaylan Roh - this summer.
She said: "I just have to think, Patrick must have needed his horse".
Despite her grief, 54-year-old Lisa - who is planning to appear on the 'Stand Up To Cancer' TV benefit to help generate funds for research towards a cure - is slowly adjusting to life without her husband.
She said: "I know he wanted me to be OK. And I am stronger now. The fact that I've had some good days definitely gives me hope that I can have more".
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