Man with Cerebral Palsy defies the odds by publishing book

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. – A man from Madison, Indiana with cerebral palsy – who doctors said wouldn’t live past 4 years old – accomplished a major goal on his list by writing a book.

Shortly before his 56th birthday, Mark Cosby made his dream a reality – with the help of his sister Ruth Cosby Taylor. Together, they published “The Victorious Life of Mark A. Cosby.”

Family said Cosby defied the odds several times and they are proud of his published work.

Taylor, said her brother almost didn’t make it into the world.

“Because his cord was wrapped around his neck, the oxygen supply was cut off, they told my parents just let him lay there and die,” she said.

Once he was born, doctors said Cosby wouldn’t live past 4 years old. His diagnosis of cerebral palsy impacts his motor skills and muscle movement, causing him to use a wheelchair for mobility.

Taylor said despite his limited mobility, publishing a book was something he always wanted to do.

“Years ago, he had a typewriter, remember the electric typewriters?” said Taylor. “He would take his thumb and he started writing his book.”

The book is a collection of letters from his loved ones, his memories, and stories of life.

Cosby’s 10 siblings help care for him and believe his story will inspire those with disabilities.

“Mark is an inspiration to those that want to live and have a victorious life and live a full life,” said Taylor. “Mark has had a full life unlike what the doctor said he was going to have.”

“The Victorious Life of Mark A. Cosby” is available here, and has sold more than 75 copies. 

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