Unable to give up hope she asked to be evaluated for a transplant.
"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."
But her fight did not end there. She did more research and found UPMC.
"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.
"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.