My name is Sarah Thebarge (sarahthebarge@gmail.com).  I live in Portland, Oregon, where I practice medicine and do some freelance writing on the side.  When I was growing up, I always wanted to practice medicine overseas.  But I was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after I finished my medical training, and my treatments have kept me from being able to leave the U.S. 

A few months ago, I was riding the MAX train from the Portland suburbs to downtown when I saw a little Somali girl falling asleep while she was standing up.  I reached out my arms to her, and she crawled into my lap and fell asleep.  And that began a relationship with her and her family that has changed my life.

Sometimes indigent people become an invisible blur that serves as a vague background to our comfortable, convenient lives.  But each of them is an individual with a unique story that needs to be acknowledged and appreciated.

After all, the only thing you have to do to make an invisible person visible is to see them.

(Please note that while all of these stories are true, the names of the family members have been changed to protect their identities.)


6 Responses

  1. Wow. I am definitely going to continue reading your blog, Sarah. I look forward to seeing how God uses you in these girls’ lives. Your blog is beautiful and almost brought tears to my eyes.

  2. My wife told me about your story and we both feel strongly compelled to help in any way possible. Please let us know what we can do, no matter how big or small.

    Gage and Rachel Halland

  3. My wife and I were moved by your story for “change for a bucket”…can you email me when you get a chance? Thanks.

  4. can you see my email? Thanks.

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