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Mother to see two sons graduate from medical school

Barbara Barlow will attend the graduation ceremony of her son Matthew on Saturday and her son Stephen on May 18.
by Matt Patterson Modified: May 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm •  Published: May 11, 2013

As the kids were growing up, Barbara always made sure the family — which includes three more siblings — took an annual vacation together. The trips weren't fancy, but the time was well spent.

“We went to this place in West Virginia one year and stayed in a cabin,” Barlow said. “I was exhausted and fell asleep downstairs and started snoring. All the kids were upstairs and thought there was a bear in the cabin. We still laugh about it.”

The brothers, separated by hundreds of miles, remain close. One year Matthew took Stephen to school for show and tell. Matthew will “hood” Stephen at his graduation ceremony next week. Stephen decided to go to medical school in part because he was inspired by Matthew.

“I credit her for making sure that we always believed in ourselves,” Matthew said. “She taught us anything was possible.”

And for Barlow the lessons she taught have paid off. As Mother's Day gifts go, seeing two sons graduate from medical school in the span of a week seems like a dream.

“I'm going to behave myself,” Barlow said of the graduation ceremonies. “I will go in with my poker face and won't do anything to embarrass them. I'll probably shed some tears, but I'm not any more proud of them than the other moms and dads are of their kids.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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