Lisa Niemi, who nursed the Ghost star through his final days as he battled pancreatic cancer, has been added to the Lifechangers team on TV news show Extra.
Her first assignment was to help a young woman fighting blood disease MDS, advising her of the questions to ask doctors to make sure she received the best care available.
Niemi says, "For all of my husband's illness, I'd remember things he had forgotten. He thought he lost his appetite, but I said, 'No honey, that isn't the way it worked. I had lists. I had the medications. I knew just how much he needed, the what, when, where and why.
"I was an advocate for Patrick because I didn't know any other way to be. But, during that time, I learned that getting the right help involves asking the right questions, and sometimes that's the hardest thing for the patient to do."
Niemi urges the sick to prepare their questions in advance, take notes during doctor visits and be vocal about any changes.
And instead of his Dirty Dancing soundtrack offering She's Like the Wind, Niemi insists he's like the wind.
In a candid interview with TV show Access Hollywood, Swayze's widow says, "I have some chimes outside my bedroom and on a windless evening when I take the dogs out for their last walk, they ring.
"I like to believe that that's always him, talking to me."
Swayze died last year (09) after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The Singin' in the Rain star has taken to her advice column in America's Globe magazine to speak out about Lisa Niemi's family plans, after the dancer recently revealed she was looking to adopt the child she and the tragic Ghost star never had.
Niemi told the publication that her biggest regret in life was not investigating fertility treatment while Swayze was healthy - after she suffered a miscarriage.
She said, "Other single people do (adopt)... I've always wanted a child."
But Reynolds, who suffered two miscarriages, urges Niemi to spend more time coming to terms with her husband's September (09) death.
The actress writes, "Sadly, Lisa's dream may shatter in the face of reality. Filling the void that Patrick left will take quite a while, and it's dangerous to make an important change to one's life so soon after such a devastating loss.
"Lisa should take at least another year before considering such a big life change - especially when her grief over losing her beautiful husband is still so overwhelming.
"In time, I think she could certainly make a wonderful home for a child who needs her."
Dancer/actress Lisa Niemi admits her biggest regret in life is not investigating fertility treatment while the Dirty Dancing star was alive.
She's still devastated by the miscarriage she suffered during her time with Swayze, and now she's looking into the possibility of adopting a little boy or girl.
She tells American publication the Globe, "Other single people do (adopt)... I've always wanted a child."
The publication reports Niemi and Swayze once considered adopting a child from Russia before the Ghost star fell ill and was diagnosed with deadly pancreatic cancer - but the 53 year old insists the couple should have been more determined to seek out information about fertility treatment.
She explains, "We should have probably investigated with fertility doctors, but we didn't."
Swayze lost his cancer battle in September (09).
Lisa Niemi insists the actor, who died last year (09) after losing his fight with pancreatic cancer, completely transformed when he began drinking.
She says, "For me the worst thing about him was the drinking. He had a different personality when he drank that much. He was the nicest man on the planet unless he'd had a drink. People or animals could have got hurt when he was like that. It's not good to be around anyone like that."
Swayze entered rehab after Niemi moved out - and she insists their marriage improved in their final years together.
She adds, "We told each other we loved each other over and over again. I never left the room without telling him. It still didn't feel like enough."
The Ghost star lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September (09) and passed away at the couple's remote California residence with family by his side.
According to the National Enquirer, Niemi is now selling off the property, purchased by the couple for $2 million (GBP1.3 million) in 1984, and will relocate to the ranch she shared with the actor in New Mexico.
A source says, "The ranch holds a lot of good memories for Lisa of her life with Patrick, but she is having a hard time continuing to live in the house where he died."
The Ghost star underwent treatment for pancreatic cancer at California's Stanford University but died in September (09), less than two years after doctors discovered he was suffering from the deadly illness.
Niemi has now shown her thanks to medics at the prestigious university by setting up the Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund.
She says, "Stanford University is coalescing existing research activities on pancreas cancer to form a Pancreas Cancer Center.
"Our wonderful Dr. George Fisher (who treated Patrick), is involved with all this and setting up this fund in Patrick's name."
"Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how happy (I am) that this book does exist. It so reflects his spirit and the incredible amazing life that he's had, so I'm very happy about it. I know he was very proud about the way it came out." PATRICK SWAYZE's wife LISA NIEMI is thankful he got to write his memoirs The Time of My Life before his death in September (09).
The Dirty Dancing star, along with his wife Lisa Niemi, was a keen equestrian prior to his death in September (09), and officials at the Arabian Horse Foundation have established a program to remember the actor.
The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youngster involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career.
Foundation President Larry Kinneer says it honours Swayze for his career and the couple's "love of the Arabian breed and contributions over the years to AHA youth programs."
"I regretted every bump we ever had in our relationship. I regretted every time I yelled at him. I regretted every mistake I made and wish I could go back and fix it." PATRICK SWAYZE's grieving widow LISA NIEMI can't help over-analysing her relationship with the late actor.