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Almost three years ago Barbara was admitted to ICU barely able to breathe. She was diagnosed with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – stage 4. Today, Barbara’s lungs function at only 23% and she is on oxygen 24/7. She has been told that her only chance at a healthy life is to have a lung transplant. During this time Barb has kept a positive attitude (which is more than I can say for myself at times). She gets out as much as her lungs will allow and sometimes even when they don’t.

Barb was born on December 5, 1971, four months premature and weighed only 1 1/2 pounds. Needless to say, she is fighter! She has four wonderful kids, Daniel, Randie, Theo and Devin, three awesome grandkids, four-legged kids, Dozer and Gracie and of course the greatest wife in the world — me!

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September 26, 2016

I am terrible at updating! Here we are, almost 9 months out & Barb is doing amazing!! Her doctors say she is the poster child for her transplant. I can’t keep up with her sometimes. I stop & think what a miracle it is that we have the technology so doctors can perform the life changing procedures. Thank you to the donor for giving Barbara the gift of living a healthy life full of deep breaths. Thank you to the doctors that have the knowledge & skill to facilitate & complete the transplant safely & efficiently! Thank you to our family & friends for being so supportive!

January 5, 2016

Barbara Crosthwaite Mowrey had a rough night & this morning. They took her for xrays & they made her lift her arms.. uh no! For hell sakes, she just had major surgery AND still has chest tubes!! She was a hurtin unit when she got back to the room. Jerks!! Any who, the doc came in & said they are going to take out 1 more chest tube today, yeeeee! Monday she with have a biopsy done to check her lungs and there is a POSSIBILITY she can come home on Tuesday, double yeeeee!!! I’m home now & gonna try & catch a few z’s. Thank you all for your support! Barb would love visitors.

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January 5, 2016

Barb you have always been a great friend to me. Loyal as they come. Never have you backed down in the fight of life. I'm so proud of how well you are doing and it's because of your amazing attitude and love for life and those in it

Laura Jean

August 6, 2015

Barbara,you are such and amazeing person and one strong fighter with a positive outlook on life am I,m truly blessed to get to know you.thank you for given us hope..

paul sheets

July 31, 2015

Barbara has ALWAYS been an amazing friend to me. She is one of the strongest women I know. Even when Barbara first got sick, and it knocked her down for a bit, she still came up swinging. I haven't alwaysb been the greatest friend, nor have I really been there for her through all of these life changing events. But there hasn't been a day I don't think about her, or haven't prayed for her and her family. Since the evening I met Barbara, and her wife Tiffany they both have always been inspiring, open hearted, genuine, caring people! I love you Barbara! Always praying, and sending positive vibes to you! Xoxo

Mandy. A