Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We are honored to have the NR today of Roseburg Oregon publish a story written by Jemelene Wilson about the formation of Tenaciously Teal, and the colors of Cancer! I give God the glory for the strength, tenacity, and endurance it has taken to turn a Stage IV Ovarian Cancer diagnosis into a 501c3 charity dedicated to supporting and spreading hope to others battling Cancer! Thank you!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

T. Teal- A Mission to Spread Hope

It's really hard to believe the beauty that has come out of a Cancer journey, and I feel very blessed and thankful He has used this battle for good.

Tenaciously Teal (T. Teal), a Non-Profit organization started from a few acts of kindness, has become recognized as a 501c3 charity. T. Teal has made big strides in our diligence to spread hope to Cancer fighters, and we've grown into an outreach with   a deep commitment to support individuals and families throughout a cancer diagnosis. T. Teal provides Care Packs filled with helpful items to assist others in fighting Cancer, and we're dedicated to meeting the needs of fighters not only by making Care Packs, but also providing gas and meal cards as a way to extend hope to others. Currently operating out of Cancer treatment centers within the state of Oklahoma, T. Teal works to implement innovative ways to spread joy to patients in the midst of the battle. We hope to show the strong fighters we encounter that they're not alone, and there are many who care!

With the widened outreach of T. Teal, I am so excited to announce to you; - A way to keep spreading HOPE

 Please register for our Zumbathon on 9.26.2014 at 6:30 at Trinity Exercise Studio in Edmond Oklahoma to help us keeping spreading Hope to Cancer Fighters!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Cancer Survivor and Thunder Fan spreads Joy through Care Packs"

It was very exciting for News Channel 4  to contact me about doing a story on the Non-
Profit Tenaciously Teal, and its' mission to spread love and hope to patients and families facing Cancer treatment. Of course, the news was interested in my connection to the Thunder, and we discussed the unique comparison between fighting for your life and fighting to stay in the playoffs. Some may say there is no connection, but I would be happy to argue that! The Thunder team has been a life line, and an escape from the realities of battling Cancer, not only for myself, but to many Cancer patients who are facing the toughest fight of their life!

For those not familiar with the OKC Thunder, they are also currently in a pretty rigorous fight. The first round of the 2014, NBA playoffs between the Memphis Grizzles and OKC Thunder has been brutal, not only on the players, but on the hearts of everyone who loves  and cheers for such an inspirational team!  This series alone has gone for four straight overtime games, which is the most ever for a playoff game in NBA history. The players may not have to go through CT Scans, blood draws, chemo, surgeries, and sickness, but they have had their fare share of hardships. I stand behind them no matter if they win or lose, as long as they play hard, do their best, and keep fighting! #fightlikeagirl #Thunderup #Wearethunder #tenaciouslyteal #cancercantstealmythunder

KD and I in 2013 at the beginning of my chemo treatment and
then again in March 2014 (reppin my T. Teal shirt)

                                                                   Link to:
                                                KFOR's News Story about T. Teal

Stephenson Cancer Center Commercial

One of the most exciting things that happened in the month of April was being asked to contribute to making a commercial for the Stephenson Cancer Center. Commercial making is tough work, and it is astounding to me how four hours of shooting shrinks down to a 1 minute commercial, but either way I am proud of the final product. I'm told a lot of the taping will be used for future advertisements, as well as utilized on the Cancer Centers website to provide information to people who are researching treatment centers. I am proud to be a patient of the Stephenson Cancer Center, and I hope to continue to find work advocating and talking with people about Cancer treatment and overcoming difficult trials! God is good all the time!

 See the Commercial Here

They wanted to tape
 a "lifestyle portion",
so  I told them I love Yoga.
They were sold on me doing
some yoga for the camera.

In the interview I talked about signs and symptoms
of Ovarian Cancer,what it has meant for me to have a state of the art Cancer research facilityin OKC, and how I conquered Cancer!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Last Chemo for Now..

Today is my 40th, and for now, Last chemotherapy infusion. I' m maybe just as surprised as you are that I have endured so many treatments, and so I can't help but think about what life will be like with No chemo. Despite the rigors of this battle I know God has a purpose and plan, however, I would have never expected it would include a Non Profit. Helping others, however, has been a propelling force and momentum in this journey, and so I am again looking forward to passing out the 50 special Care Packs T Teal has prepared , and I wonder who we will meet and hopefully encourage.

In addition to my thoughts, my prayers are scattered between those who don't have answers or definitive ends, the broken, hopeless and sick, as well as those in a revolving and repetitive door of struggles.

Moreover I think of whole communities and families burdened from all kinds of suffering, and gasp at the unfairness of it all. In life we all hope not to face suffering, and imagine it as a straight and narrow path with few bumps  along the way. I've yet to meet someone who hasn't experienced hardships, and so I have to believe God doesn't want or need our lives to be completely without twists or turns. Of course God wants us to be joyous and well, and will comfort us when we need it, but the valleys allow us to be broken, refining us, and making us stronger for the mountain tops we aim to climb!

In the midst of our struggles we must maintain hope so we can obtain perseverance, and with perseverance we have the ability to exude strength, faith, and hope even in the valleys!

Thank you for your support of my personal Cancer journey, as well as T. Teal's mission to spread hope, faith, and love!

Honored to have a local newspaper, The Bethany Tribune,
do a news story on Tenaciously Teal!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Why Tenaciously Teal?

My name is Tarah Warren, and I was 29 yro 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 annually in the U. S. 22,000 women are diagnosed, and around 15,000 lose their battle to the deadly disease. 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.

Tenaciously Teal'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:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love and Cancer

I've been given many blessings throughout this life, so I can’t complain, however I've given myself permission to be sad, at times, about having cancer. Especially as  family and friends see my health decline, and when I'm fearful about facing the chemo room. I also struggle with those reality moments cancer forces you to endure, even when I realize those "reality moments” give me greater appreciation and  perspective for the beauty of life.

My  current reality is I've been battling  Stage IV Ovarian Cancer, and received the  treatment to match the diagnosis. A cancer reality  I learned quickly is our earthly bodies are susceptible to the hardships of this earth, and it's difficult to grasp the demands of the fight; adequate nutrition, weight loss, nausea, pain, appointments, bills, and constant pokes, pricks, scans and sticks. 
The half way point of my treatment is when I really began to “feel it”, and honestly sometimes it felt okay to think about revolting, but I kept in mind, we must never give up the fight!

Maybe the hardest Cancer reality is the terminal illness connotation it brings. My husband Benjamin and I, in a half-hearted attempt, wrestled with the actuality and logistics of a Cancer diagnosis, but we'll never forget the moment it really hit us! It was relatively late in the journey, considering our first meeting with my Oncologist was in November 2012, and hard to forget since we were clearly told "it had spread" and “you can die from this”. Death's the unspoken awareness  with Cancer, causing conversations between family friends, to get a bit awkward. Benjamin and I have a keen awareness of how Cancer sometimes can lead to an uncomfortable reality. Benjamin lost his father and grandfather to Cancer, and I also saw my mom BEAT Cancer, but lost my grandfather, an uncle, and a young cousin to the fight. The realities of Cancer are intricate, but for Benjamin and I not truly real until Valentine’s Day 2013. 

I was two months out of a major surgery and two months into a tough chemo regiment when reality struck. I’d completed my sixth cycle of chemo, and worked up enough energy to ride with my Valentine to grab takeout. It was a beautiful day in the middle of an Oklahoma winter, and pulling out of the parking lot I was excited about our “dinner in” when I heard a familiar song. I turned up the radio to hear Adele (who I love), as she sang “Someone Like You”. For those familiar with her work it’s actually a break up song, but as I heard the melody she sang " I heard you settled down,  you found a girl, and your married now, I heard your dreams came true...”

 The words jolted my mind, my reality, and tore at my heart. I immediately  thought, “If God doesn't heal me, I' want to be in Heaven, receiving word my Benjamin had someone to help him and make his dreams come true”. The thought was tough to swallow, and my emotion became greater as Adele sang out “I wish nothing but the best for you, don’t forget me I beg, I remember you said, ‘Sometimes it last in love but sometimes it hurts instead".  I was moved beyond tears, and realized I wouldn't be able to hide or hold the pain in. Reality hit like a ton of bricks, I was sad, and wrestling with the idea of OUR dreams not coming true.

We continued down the road and Benjamin tried to console me, as I quickly realized we were passing the cemetery I'd driven by earlier with my mom. I wasn't driving when we passed it on our way to a blood draw, so I'd had plenty of time to glance at the cemetery’s lone visitor. I don’t know what he looked like, but I know he had a great love, and he was looking forward to being reunited someday. The man came prepared with a white lawn chair to enjoy the cool afternoon while seated next to his Valentine's grave. In a glimpse I knew he was talking and creating sacred moments. 

As Benjamin grew concern over my tears, I decided it would be easier to tell him about the image of the man seated next to his sweetheart for Valentine’s as the reason tears continued to run down my cheek. As I reflected and talked about the Valentine's Day romantic we were moved to tears, and into a moment where God provided us with the opportunity to talk about the sometimes tough realities.
With tear soaked eyes we made our way off the road, and to a place we could see the sunset God had shaped into a pink heart just for us; a sign of Hope or Silver Lining of sorts God  used to paint over the darkness.

If you or a loved one needs someone to talk to about Cancer realities please feel free to message me at or 

Much Love to all!

My husband Benjamin and I right after I shave my head-
January 2013

Benjamin and I before my surgery
-December 2012
Photo cred: Neely Jacobson Photography

Two surgeries ,5 months of chemo, and the day
before I graduated with my Masters in Social Work!
"Fall in love and Accomplish What You
Never Thought Possible"
-May 2013