by Nicole Small
The Able Life Of Cody Jane: Still Celebrating is a story about a girl with an infectious spirit and smile whose laughter filled the room, as told by her mother, Marly Cornell. Cody Jane was full of life, and had a great family to support her through her journey in life, including a mother, father and stepfather.
The book begins in the early 1970s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Cody Jane was born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Hydrocephalus. It discusses the whole slew of different obstacles she would face during her life. Despite her many setbacks, she always kept a positive attitude. She eventually got engaged and led a normal life, but she was sent to be with God at the tender age of 32.
I, too, have the same medical condition as Cody Jane, and while it pained me to read all 309 pages, I also found it to be therapeutic. The biggest life lesson I got from this book is to never take anything for granted, because no one is promised tomorrow. You just have to live life to the fullest despite your situation and make the best of it. Everyday is a new day to learn something new about yourself or someone else.
The key to making it through a difficult situation, much like having a physical disability, is to have a good head on your shoulders. It also helps to have a loving, strong support system. Without those two key factors in life, you are only setting yourself up to fail, and God did not put you on Earth to fail. He wants everyone to succeed in one way or another.
Cody Jane lived in a way that sets the tone for how life needs to be lived regardless of our limitations, not only for herself but for all individuals in her position. I highly recommend reading her life story.