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Patrick Swayze has vowed to make every day count after acknowledging he may have just two years left to live.(Video
In a new TV interview, the Dirty Dancing star talks about his battle with inoperable pancreatic cancer for the first time - and admits he is praying for a miracle cure for the disease.
And although he refuses to give up his fight for life, he has come to terms with the fact his time with wife Lisa is limited.
Swayze says, "I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking. Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics."
But the actor hasn't abandoned all hope he will one day defeat the disease: "I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it... I keep my heart and my soul and my spirit open to miracles. I pray."
Swayze's in-depth interview with Barbara Walters revealed that Patrick Swayze's cancer symptoms are so brutal, it would take him three hours each morning to get himself fit enough to make the set of his new TV show the Beast.
For five months the actor worked Monday to Friday on location in Chicago, Illinois and weekends undergoing gruelling chemotherapy in California.
But Swayze was determined to work through the exhausting five month shoot, and hid the excruciating pain he was experiencing from cast and crew - and even his wife Lisa.
During the interview with Barbara Walters, which aired on Wednesday (Jan 07, '09), he says, "It was incredibly hard. I was never collapsing on set. No one saw me moan like a girly loser man. If I had a six o' clock call, I would wake up at three in the morning to try and get the plumbing going. What the cancer does is shut off the exit from your stomach and shut off all the bile ducts in your liver. When you shut off the bile ducts they start dumping all the toxins into your body. That's where the jaundice comes from. That's when you start going downhill fast. It takes me hours to get things flowing in both directions. There would be many mornings I'd wake up curled up on a bathmat trying to stifle a scream so I wouldn't wake Lisa."
Days after he said in the interview with Barbara Walters that he's "angry" and "going through hell" in his fight to beat inoperable pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze was hospitalized and being treated for pneumonia
Friday (Jan 09, '09)
The news was revealed during an event for television critics in Los Angeles, where Swayze had been scheduled to discuss his upcoming A&E series "The Beast." He "asked us specifically to go forward with today's panel," said A&E Television Networks president and chief executive Abbe Raven.