The Burly Man

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
112 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2012
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Author Biography

Mr. Lewis story starts out on January of 1985, as he sat down one Saturday afternoon to watch a martial arts movie. Six years later, he wrote down detailed notes of what would be the foundation of his principles and philosophy, which he called W E I S H E N D O (way of the active spirit). Having done what few people could only dream of doing, he went a step further. Mr. Lewis spent the next seventeen yrs. trying to understand the answers to a question that was given to him from his late grandmother Mamie Turner. On December 21st, 2007 everything, started to make sense. Putting mind, body, and spirit into a meditative state for eight months, on July 31st, 2008 Mr. Lewis had reached the end of his journey by publishing “The Principles & Philosophy of WEISHENDO.” Little did he know his journey had only just begun?

On June 17th, of 2009, Mr. Lewis had his first of many ER Visits to the hospital. Eight months later on February 12th, 2010, he was diagnosed with Polymyositis, and on August 25th, 2010, he was diagnosed with Lupus. Both are incurable Auto-Immune Diseases. During this time, Mr. Lewis wrote a daily journal, which he called: "The Burly Man" (which tells the events that led to his diagnosis of Polymyositis). Having already written "The Principles & Philosophy of Weishendo" (to help him better understand himself and others,) he took something negative and turned it into something positive by using his own techniques to help him fight against both illnesses.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Zachary E. Lewis shares his struggle and journey with readers in his "The Burly Man: Adapt Change Assimilate Transcend" in the hope that it may benefit at least one person searching for an answer to an Auto Immune Disease. Zachary E. Lewis was a burly man. He was healthy and had a full life until June 17, 2009, when the medical nightmare began with severe chest pain. He felt as if Mike Tyson had hit him. The love of his life, Lori, a respiratory therapist, was determined they would find answers to his health issues. Many trips to the ER ensued from his chest pain. This was just the beginning of the unusual symptoms, and the battle to find a diagnosis. The indications varied from severe chest pain to pain in his right arm, and from weakness of the muscles to exhaustion. In a few short days he was labeled as a medical mystery. A television commercial for Lyrcia caught his attention. The drug is used to treat, among other things, Fibromyalgia. He rushed to his computer and discovered he had several of the disease's symptoms. The doctor diagnosed Chronic Muscle Fatigue or Lupus or Lyme disease. It was a great relief for both Lewis and Lori to have at least some idea what was happening to his body. Finally they had a name for what plagued Mr. Lewis, Polymyositis. It is an Auto Immune Disease that has no cure.

Lewis continues his book with photos that make this story come to life. It is obvious that he was a healthy strong human until the disease suddenly hit. He has included “The Principles and Philosophy of Weishendo,” quotes, and illustrations. Toward the end of this book he lists the medications he was taking at the writing of this book. He includes dosage and side effects. Zachary Lewis has researched his disease very well. In "The Burly Man" he shares his heart, life, symptoms and search for answers. I was touched by his difficult, long and hard search for answers.

Jill Romig

This book tells what this disease can do to us. Burly Man does a great job writing this. It has helped my family to understand my daily struggle with Polymosytis.

Lisa Walton

Your a true inspiration, a warrior who not only taught yourself how to become peace with yourself but helping other accept and live their live. I'm honored to know you..