The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge
A Memoir

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After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life. Instead, a chance encounter on the train with a family of Somali refugees swept her into an adventure that changed all of their lives.

Half a world away from Somalia, Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. Abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn't understand. When their worlds collide with Sarah's, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, "invisible" in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her unexpected outreach to the family became both a source of courage and a lifeline for herself.

Exquisite, at times shattering, Sarah's enthralling memoir invites readers into her story of finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unlikely of places.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go toward a college fund for the five Somali Invisible Girls. For details, visit

About Sarah Thebarge

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Sarah Thebarge is a speaker and author who grew up as a pastor's kid in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She earned a masters degree in Medical Science from Yale School of Medicine and was studying Journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. Sarah's writing has appeared in Christianity Today,, Relevant,, Raysd, and Just Between Us. Her writing for Christianity Today's This Is Our City project won first prize from the National Evangelical Press Association. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published April 16, 2013 by Jericho Books. 273 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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A double mastectomy --- a perceived loss of sexuality --- complicated by a cancer recurrence and sepsis “left her physically, financially, and spiritually depleted” and quite alone in the world, though her parents should take a bow for their stalwart support.

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After surviving breast cancer in her late twenties, Thebarge moved from New York City to Portland, OR, in search of a new start. After befriending a struggling Somali refugee and her five young daughters, Thebarge became involved in the family's life, h

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