More About Sarah

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker, blogger, journalist and author of The Invisible Girls, a memoir that weaves her story of nearly dying of breast cancer in her 20’s together with the story of a Somali refugee family she met on a train in Portland, Oregon, as she was recovering from her cancer treatments.  

The Invisible Girls is a World Magazine Notable Book, and was also chosen as the First Year Experience book by Mississippi State University.  

Sarah’s blog was featured by  Her writing has appeared in National Geographic, USA Today, Everyday Health, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Red Letter Christian and Sojourners. Her writing for Christianity Today’s “This is Our City” project won first prize from the Evangelical Press Association.

As a speaker, Sarah is a regular at retreats, churches, colleges and conferences. She has spoken at Donald Miller’s Storyline Conference and the Jubilee Conference, as well as more than 40 universities and colleges.  In addition to speaking to large assemblies, Sarah gives talks on the topics of International Aid, Health Communications and Public Health, and teaches nonfiction writing workshops.  

She is a spokesperson for Vanity Fair Lingerie’s Women Who Do campaign.  She is also a spokesperson for Compassion International.


She studied Medical Science at Yale School of Medicine, and Journalism at Columbia School of Journalism.  

Sarah has practiced international medicine extensively, volunteering in Togo, West Africa, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.  Her next book, WELL, about three months she practiced medicine in Togo, launched in November 2017.

Sarah currently lives in San Francisco.