Michigan Live | Sarah Schuch
At around 10:30 a.m. that day Cerny, a Grand Blanc Township resident, received a call saying she would finally get the double lung transplant she had been waiting on for several years.
“After our minister had said a prayer, a sense of total calm came over me. I just knew that everything would be OK. And it was,” said Cerny, 68. “My most memorable thing after the surgery was looking at my hands and saying, ‘I have pink hands again.’”
At the age of 53, about 10 years after she had quick smoking, Cerny was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema. She had a hard time breathing, making simple tasks like walking up the stairs, shopping and even showering difficult.
She was put on the list to receive a transplant in 2001 and again in 2005 when her condition got worse. She had spent seven years rolling around oxygen tanks behind her.