This is one of those books that once you start you simply can’t put it down. It pulls you in and tugs on your heart and emotions so strongly that you have to know what happens next.
The Invisible Girls – A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge is the story of Sarah as she is diagnosed with rather aggressive breast cancer in her 20’s. She is excelling in life with a loving boyfriend, has an Ivy League education that she worked very hard to achieve, and a successful career when she is told that she had breast cancer.
Having been raised in as the pastors daughter in a fundamental Christian home, Sarah believed that God was angry with her for something that she had done in her life. But she could never figure it out. She struggled with her faith throughout the book as she battled cancer and eventually came back to it.
All through out the book you learn more and more about Sarah and how incredible brave she is, how much she endured, and how the human spirit when beaten down can make a miraculous recovery. It was a very inspiring story to say the least.
After she is well again Sarah decided to make a clean start, far from everything that her life was. She packed up and moved to Portland, Oregon… as far away as she could get. It was there by chance, on a bus, that she met a family of refugees from Somalia. Hadhi, a Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, was struggling to raise five young daughters alone in a culture she didn’t understand. She and her daughters, Fahri, Abdallah, Sadaka, Lelo, and Chaki, became very close with Sarah.
It was Sarah who helped the family get food, proper clothing, heat, and other basic necessities that we take for granted. Through helping Hadhi and her daughters Sarah was able to begin her own healing process and really start her life again.
The more memoirs that I read I find myself really enjoying them. They’re full of life that is so very real, they’re heartbreaking, inspiring, and tell the journey of someone very real…. someone that you could pass walking down the sidewalk one day.
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Jericho Books. I received a product sample to facilitate my review.