Daily News Journal | Nancy De Gennaro
MURFREESBORO — Little things are what Shirley Parsley gets excited about — the ability to wash her face, get out of a car on her own, go out to dinner.
But it's an ocean cruise that the double-lung transplant recipient is shooting for.
"I'm gaining my independence every day. I can do something I couldn't do the day before," said Shirley, a big grin spreading across her face. "See me get up and go?" she questioned as she ambled to the kitchen to grab something. "I'm so proud of me."
Before her lung transplant in May 2011, Shirley could barely walk a few feet. And no matter what she did, oxygen was in tow — a lot of oxygen.
As a nonsmoker, Shirley and her family were baffled by the lung issue.
"She's the last person in the world you think would have a problem with their lungs," said her husband, Dillard.
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