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The Burly Man (Even in darkness there is a light)
The semibiographical book, "The Burly Man" tells the story of how I was diagnosed with two auto immune diseaes in one year. Polymyositis & Lupus are both incurable diseases.
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 answer to a question that was given to him from his late grandmother Mamie Turner. On December 21, 2007 everything, started to make since. Putting mind, body, and spirit into a meditated state for eight months, on July 31, 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 17, of 2009, Mr. Lewis had his first of many ER Visits to the hospital. Eight months later on February 12, 2010 he was diagnosed with Polymyositis, and on August 25, 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 happen leading 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 the illness that plagues his mind, body, and spirit. With the edition of his third book "The Divine Spear & Intrinsic Staff" (which is a special exercise book that he has developed to help him maintain a better quality of life,) he has taken his art form to a whole new level by adapting it for others. As quoted from this very book “The will to fulfill or even advance in any task is loss if you lack the effort to do so.”
As quoted from my own book:
The Principles and Philosophy
Wei - Shen - Do
Chang Chieh Ch’uan
If the ways of the many, far out way the few, or those of less fortune,
then why do so many choose not to follow the ways of the TAO....
It was clear to me for the first time, in a very long time, what I had to do....
It wasn’t about me any more at this point. What was important was that I keep going, and defeat whatever it was that was going on inside of me. Even if it meant having to endure the most grueling of test imaginable. It was for the greater good of the many, and anyone else that would happen to come along. Having to step it up and face reality, can often give you the boost you need to go just a little bit further.
With the decision to fight it out made, I had to explain this to the two people that
mean the most to me...My lovely wife Lori, and my darling stepdaughter Alena...
How the hell, do you tell someone you love, that you have to go through and endure something so painful? Also you are doing it because you just know you have to, because it could just possibly lead to helping someone, other than yourself.
They’re going to think I’m crazy!
Oh! ............hey yeah........... By the way, I was thinking. Well..............I need to put myself through an incredible amount of pain, for no other reason than...I just know I have to. But hey! You can sit back and watch. But you know...........it’s for the greater good.
Yeah, humanity and all that jazz, etc.etc.etc, mmmmm... Love yah much!
I must have gone over it a thousand times in my head before I finally told Lori I needed to talk with her and Alena. I also had to reassure them it was nothing negative about anything they had done or said. I just needed to talk with them and get some things out in the open. After words we would never ever talk about what was said. Four days later I managed to summon my collective thoughts into what I felt would be an explanation. Or better still, a reason for what I was about to do.
I ask you again, one last time.
How would you have done it?