Hey party people!! It’s finally here! The moment
you probably had no idea you’ve been waiting for!
The official reveal of the brand new, professionally re-designed Prayers and Apples home page!
haha :) Ok, so maybe I’m just a tiny bit more excited about this than everyone else (just a lil… lol) but there’s actually a ton of really cool features that will (hopefully!) make it a lot easier for you guys to use the site and find what you’re looking for!
(If you haven’t already, head on over and check it out!)
…Plus we have a cute new mascot ;)
(Shout out to my amazing web designer, Alex Brooke, who drew that adorable lil cross to match the one I wear everyday ♥ Seriously, she’s the best!!)
But wait – there’s more!
I know, it’s like the fun just won’t stop, right?! lol :)
…Sorry, every now and then my gangsta side comes out ;) haha
Ok, so switching gears a bit: I’m really excited to announce a project that’s been in development for a while….
As most of you know, my mom, Sharon, is like my best friend ever. Like foreva’ eva.
What a lot of you don’t know is that when I was a lil person, Sharon was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma (not good) which metastasized (very, very not good). Over the next 7 years, my mom had 18 surgeries and tons of other treatments (including chemo, biological vaccines – lots of experimental stuff).
During that time, my friends and I always participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life ♥ (Had to find a reason to use this throwback pic somehow!)
Fast forward to today and I’m happy to report that Sharon is good to go – and has been in remission for 14 years!! Yay! :)
Which brings us to today’s big announcement! I wanted to continue supporting cancer patients, so I’ve partnered with my mom to create The Prayers and Apples Cancer Project – an online resource that consolidates research studies, news articles (you name it!) addressing complementary and alternative medical approaches to cancer treatment and prevention.
Listening to my mom talk about the power of ‘positive mental energy’ – as well as the crucial role she believes faith played in her recovery – is what piqued my interest in all of this mind-body-spirit stuff to begin with :) So it definitely feels like everything’s coming full-circle!
In addition to tons of studies (over 75 so far!), The Prayers and Apples Cancer Project also features links to integrative research centers, tips for finding compatible healthcare providers and more! :)
It’s still a work in progress, but check it out and let me know what you think! And feel free to share with anyone who you think might benefit ♥
Random tidbits, as promised…
And the database has reached 625+ studies (wahoo!!). Some new additions that caught my eye:
- Religious coping, ethnicity, and ambulatory blood pressure
- Active placebos versus antidepressants for depression
- Suppression of lymphocyte stimulation following bereavement
- Elevated lung cancer risk among persons with depressed mood
- Is mood chemistry?
(Remember, if you ever find a study that sounds super interesting – but don’t feel like drudging through a dozen pages of boredom to get to the point – just let me know and I’ll type up a quick post!)
Also: the site is now fully mobile-optimized! So you can browse away on your phone without needing a magnifying glass ;)
Oh! And in totally random, completely non-science related news (…not that those gangsta puppies had much to do with anything…) – my birthday card game has been ON POINT lately:
And I think that’s about it! I got a promotion at work (which is why I haven’t been able to post as much!) and things have been going really good with that :) And I’m just really excited to debut the Prayers and Apples Cancer Project – as well as the new home page! – so hopefully you guys enjoy!!
Looking forward to hearing what you think ♥