“The doctors in New York had given me at best five years to live,” said Liz.“But I had two little girls I wanted to see grow up.”
Unable to give up hope she asked to be evaluated for a transplant.
“Hospitals in New York City, California, and Texas all turned me down because they said I was too sick, one even told me I would be a waste of resource,” said Liz.
But her fight did not end there. She did more research and found UPMC.
“UPMC has a reputation for taking harder cases,” said Liz.
In 2001, Liz and her family traveled to Pittsburgh for a transplant evaluation, where Liz was told not only did she need a double lung transplant but she also needed a new heart.
Her medical team at UPMC gave her the hope she needed. And 23 months later Liz’s transplant took place.
And now, more than a decade later, Liz has taken her darkest time and written a book to give hope and inspiration for those facing similar difficulties.