I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Jericho Books and received a copy of The Invisible Girls to review.
Helping others can be a balm for your woes, be those woes simple or serious.
In giving, you often rejuvenate your own spirits.
Ask Sarah Thebarge.
Diagnosed with breast cancer at twenty-seven, she endured surgeries and treatments. Toward the end of that grueling time, her boyfriend dumped her, saying, “I can’t do this anymore. It’s just too hard.”
When her treatments ended, Sarah left the East Coast and moved to Portland, Oregon in search of a fresh start.
A little girl engaged her in a game of peek-a-book one day on the train into the city. Sarah learned from the mother that the child was one of five daughters.
The mother, Hadhi, explained with motions and short phrases that they were from Somalia. Hadhi’s s husband had deserted the family soon after they arrived in the United States.
Something sparked in Sarah. The mission to help the family began.
Sarah Thebarge does a masterful job of juxtaposing the story of her own breast cancer with the struggles of Hadhi and her girls. I couldn’t put The Invisible Girls down when I read the book a few weeks ago.
Sarah’s heart and energy continue to amaze me as I write this post.
Safe on my couch, I have a stack of Halloween cards ready to address to shut-ins. A small good deed.
Sarah Thebarge got off her couch, stepping with boldness into a home of near strangers. There she discovered an almost unfurnished apartment and watched as the children ate a dinner of molded bread dipped in ketchup.
At Sarah’s age,I wouldn’t have had the grace, motivation, or courage to do jump into the lives of the Somali family. I doubt I do now.
Bless you Sarah Thebarge!
Sarah wrote the book for a specific purpose– to raise funds for the college educations of the girls. Hear her explanation in this short video.
You can understand better how to help a friend with breast cancer from this piece on Sarah’s blog.
Giveaway: I’m giving away my copy of The Invisible Girls. Simply enter a comment by November 15 saying you’d like to win.