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Andy Whitfield's Widow on Life after Andy
By ROBERT PACE
July 26, 2012
Less than a year ago, Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield passed away from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 39, leaving behind his wife Vashti and their two children. Although losing a loved one certainly takes its toll, Vashti tells The Insider that she is holding up well after her husband's premature death.
"We're doing really good nearly a year on [from Andy's death]," Vashti revealed. "We have our sad days but they're beautiful in their own way...We have a great support network, and there's nothing like having your husband look down on you to make you make things happen."
Andy and his family received the terrifying news that he was Stage 4 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2010. Vashti's approach to the cancer treatment process seems to have prevailed and aided her in coping with Andy's passing.
"When you go through a treatment process and dealing with cancer, it can be a day to day, an hour to hour, a minute to minute in terms of how you choose to deal with the situation," she maintained. "When we're having a bad day, you just go, 'You know what, it's a bad day and tomorrow will be a new day,' and I believe that's the way you get through something like that."
The hope that the Whitfields embodied during Andy's treatment was crushed when they discovered that the cancer had reemerged after the doctors believed him to be cancer-free, but that didn't stop Andy from making the best out of his remaining waking hours.
After the initial "punch in the face" of the saddening news, Andy and Vashti decided to make a life lesson out of his experience and use his star power to contribute to others by filming a documentary of his final days. Vashti described Andy's philosophy as being: "If it can actually make a difference to somebody else, then it seems worth it."
Under Andy's command, filmmaker Lilibet Foster and her crew then filmed the remainder of Andy's life, which is now being formulated into a documentary called Be Here Now, titled after matching tattoos that Andy and Vashti months before he passed.
"You get one life, so make the most of it," Vashti revealed as the message that she hopes people derive from the film. "All you have is now. If that's a minute or five minutes or five years or fifty years, there is always a choice to make the most of your life, and if you live fearlessly there's so much more to choose from within that."
Be Here Now needs the public's help in order to be finished and the filmmakers have set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds by July 23. Click for more information about the campaign and the documentary.