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Why Tenaciously Teal?

My name is Tarah Warren, and I was 29 year’s old when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer in 2012.  Since then I’ve had two surgeries, a full hysterectomy, and sixteen months of chemotherapy.  Why Tenaciously Teal (T. Teal)?  Well pink seems to get a lot of love, and rightfully so, because pink has permeated communities, resonating with people as a medium for Breast Cancer Awareness!  Teal represents Ovarian Cancer Awareness, a disease that 22,000 women are diagnosed with annually in the US, and around 15,000 lose their battle to. It is amazing to think about the lives saved through the simplicity of a pink ribbon, and I have high hopes  women, sisters, wives, and mothers will be saved because they knew the meaning behind the color teal, and took a vested interest in their health by seeking answers and asking questions.


For me, when I think about a fight against Cancer,  it invokes an image of strength and tenacity! Being tenacious means clinging to or not easily separate from a sound principle, and during my Cancer battle God has been where I’ve clung. Even in the darkest days I found when you ask He gives you strength on good days, and somehow carries you when life feels hopeless. Throughout this battle God has given me Hope through a mission to encourage others fighting Cancer…Spreading Light in darkness through simple acts of kindness. Along the way the idea for Tenaciously Teal and Cancer Care Packs evolved, and what began as bringing 10-15 Care Packs with me when I started chemotherapy in January of 2013, quickly brought the realization more were needed, and  hundreds to thousands were hurting.

Now with the help of family and friends Tenaciously Teal has grown from a few acts of kindness  to a network of encouragement, offering 40-50 Care Packs every twenty-one days in line with my current chemo regiment,  scheduled through April 2014. After chemo ends T. Teal  and Care Packs will continue, along with other ways to meet additional needs including;  books, magazines, blankets, or pillows, “Brave Shave” parties for women, and restaurant certificates, and gas cards for the marginalized fighting one of life’s toughest battles!


 

As our mission and outreach grows, T. Teal was honored to become an incorporated Non-Profit Charity on March 6th  2014, hours before my thirty-eighth chemo infusion. I never would have guessed this journey would lead to an organization to assist other Cancer fighters, but God works in mysterious ways.


TenaciouslyTeal’s Mission : To support individuals and families throughout a Cancer battle by providing encouragement and support, along with services and Care Packs filled with helpful items for the fight.


I’ve chosen to look for  hope in this journey; hope God would heal me, hope I could help others, hope my journey will raise Cancer Awareness, and hope God would use this fight to help others struggling.  If you or someone you know has any questions about Cancer and its’ treatment or you think T. Teal could help or pray for you in some way please feel free to contact us at:  tenaciouslyteal@gmail.com.

 

3 Comments
  • Rick Green

    March 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm Reply

    I pray for you and your healing everyday. I too remain hopeful that our Lord will honor that request. I am very proud of you, and I love you.

  • Tammi Bozworth

    December 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm Reply

    My daughter Monica Eaton applied for help with gas to and from st lukes on the plaza from butler in missouri. Treatment is supposed to start in january. Do you only help with ovarian cancer because she has a stage or grade 2 glioma. They removed all they could but it was very close to the movement center of the brain so she will undergo radiation for 6 wks and chemo. If you can’t help do you know who can? Thank you and God bless.

    • tteal

      December 22, 2019 at 2:59 am Reply

      Hi Tammi, Thank you for your comment! We help all cancer fighters and every diagnosis, but at this time our Board of Directors has determined that our budget for financial assistance should go only to cancer fighters living or receiving treatment in Oklahoma. We are evaluating this rule in 2020, so check back! We do send care packs to cancer fighters and it is free to request one : https://www.tteal.org/learn/request-cancer-care-package/

      Much Love and prayers.

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