Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Far Outside the Ordinary with Prissy Elrod

In her book, Far Outside the Ordinary, Prissy Elrod chronicles the period in her  life when, during a routine physical, her fifty-year-old husband is given less than a year to live. Never one to take no for an answer, Prissy is determined to save Boone, her beloved husband and the father of their two daughters. She exhausts Western and Eastern lifesaving treatments, from medicine men to an FDA-indicted doctor. Despite all her relentless efforts, Boone’s health deteriorates.

Prissy describes the things she did “right” along with some of the challenges she faced in dealing with her husband’s illness.  She discusses some of the fascinating, often colorful, characters who ended up helping her during this difficult time, including black caregivers who move into her home in Tallahassee, Florida, and work around the clock to aid her family. Soon, Prissy finds herself a spectator in her own home, observing events far outside the boundaries of her once ordinary life. Hers is a story of people from different cultures and how love and respect for each other’s differences grew from the work of supporting a man at the end of his life.

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