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Niemi first met Swayze when she was just 15 years old
The couple didn't start dating until years later when they were both studying dance in New York City
Swayze initially proposed to Niemi in 1974 but she turned him down
They eventually got married in 1975
Niemi revealed that their marriage wasn't always easy
They were deeply committed to each other.
Swayze's cancer diagnosis was a difficult time for the couple, but they remained strong
Niemi has written a memoir, "Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward,"
She hopes that the book will inspire others who are going through difficult times
Niemi has since remarried, but she says that Swayze will always have a special place in her heart