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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.