Writing – Doing it the hard way


How to keep writing when y0u can’t move, talk or breathe


   … by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

I always find it a good exercise to climb out of one’s own body and perspective and borrow someone else’s, for a short while anyway. When the other person is operating under tremendous adversity, and not only surviving but doing so at a high level, it serves as an instant cure for the rest of us not sweating the small stuff, that we can all get tangled up in with our daily lives.
To break up my regular Internet grind routine I escape to Vimeo to see what new surprises they may have up.  Usually I compile a ‘best of’ folder and then go back later for a second pass to pick what I think is the best, most unusual, most unique viewing experience.
After a few minutes of watching this one I knew instantly I would use it today. I have heard of ALS, but only at a distance. What you are about to see is about as intimate as it can get.

The moral of the story is simple. No matter how terrible things seem we have to try to make the best of them. Watch this for some inspiration, particularly his wife, and all those working around him. There is a surprise at the end.

We can all ponder if we could face such adversity with such courage and determination. It is my pleasure to introduce Scott Lew, that man who lives to write, literally.
He can’t talk, move, or breath, but with the one hell of a load of determination, great family support, and I suspect some very good insurance, he puts the issues and problems that the rest of us have into a different perspective.

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The Lew’s deciding to have kids in this situation blew me away. I don’t think it would have ever entered my mind to consider. But after watching this, it made sense. Now he has more to live for, and that is one of the secrets to struggling down a hard one way road that does not end when you have kids.



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Jim W. Dean was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022.  He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews.