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Patrick Swayze and Lisa NiemiAs we approach the first anniversary of Patrick Swayze's death, his widow, Lisa Niemi, has revealed that she still sends text messages to her departed husband.

In a moving interview with People magazine, the 54-year-old actress admits she finds herself following her long-standing tradition of texting Swayze before she steps on to a plane.

"I just put what I always did: 'I love you'," she told People magazine. "And then I cried for a little bit to myself. It (text message) 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.'

Find out more after the jump... Patrick Swayze and Lisa NiemiAs we approach the first anniversary of Patrick Swayze's death, his widow, Lisa Niemi, has revealed that she still sends text messages to her departed husband.

In a moving interview with People magazine, the 54-year-old actress admits she finds herself following her long-standing tradition of texting Swayze before she steps on to a plane.

"I just put what I always did: 'I love you'," she told People magazine. "And then I cried for a little bit to myself. It (text message) 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.'

Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on 14 September 2009 and
Niemi admits that the grieving process is still ongoing (the pair were married for 34 years) but she's more confident about her future without the Dirty Dancing star.

"I know he wanted me to be OK. And I am stronger now," she said. "The fact that I've had some good days definitely gives me hope that I can have more."