274 episodes

Project Purple's vision is a world without pancreatic cancer. We have two initiatives: to help pancreatic cancer patients and fund research. With a variety of partners in the health and fitness world, our podcast will deliver an exciting look into our own background as well as the worlds of medical treatment, marathon running, crossfit, nutrition, stories of survival, inspiration, hope, and much more.

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Project Purple's vision is a world without pancreatic cancer. We have two initiatives: to help pancreatic cancer patients and fund research. With a variety of partners in the health and fitness world, our podcast will deliver an exciting look into our own background as well as the worlds of medical treatment, marathon running, crossfit, nutrition, stories of survival, inspiration, hope, and much more.

    Episode 275 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Helene Andrews-Polymenis

    Episode 275 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Dr. Helene Andrews-Polymenis

    Meet Dr. Helene Andrews-Polynemis, a scientist and tenured professor at Texas A&M University. Helene's journey in the medical and biology fields took an unexpected turn when she faced a personal battle with pancreatic cancer.

    In this episode, Helene shares her experience navigating diagnostic tests, revealing a tumor, followed by smaller tumors and abscesses on her pancreas and surrounding organs in late 2019.

    Amid aggressive chemotherapy cycles, Helene discusses the additional hurdles posed by the pandemic, including her husband waiting in the car during treatments. Tragically, her father received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis shortly after hers, and due to pandemic restrictions, she had to say goodbye without being there for him in person due to travel restrictions and their conditions with pancreatic cancer.

    Despite these hardships, Helene's determination centered on witnessing her two children graduate high school and college. Helene delves into the scientific aspects of cancer, discussing genetic mutations, biological responses to chemotherapy, and the intricate world of clinical trials.

    Join us for a thoughtful conversation with Helene Andrews, a remarkable pancreatic cancer survivor, on this week's episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

    If you’d like to donate to Project Purple’s mission of a world without pancreatic cancer, please visit https://www.projectpurple.org/.

    Connect with Helene on X:
    https://twitter.com/HPolymenis

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 274 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Christina Grace

    Episode 274 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Christina Grace

    Christina Grace, a resident of Central Florida, began experiencing discomfort in her midsection towards the end of 2020. Given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, she initially hesitated to seek in-person medical care and instead opted for a virtual consultation. Despite following the advice given during her virtual doctor’s visit to take pain relievers, the discomfort persisted for several days. Ultimately, Christina decided it warranted a trip to the emergency room.

    At the hospital, a series of tests, including a CT scan, revealed a tumor on her pancreas. Subsequently, she was transferred to another hospital where further testing confirmed the tumor to be cancerous. To her and her doctor's surprise, it wasn't the typical pancreatic cancer, but an extremely rare form known as Ewing sarcoma, which rarely manifests in the pancreas.

    Christina embarked on a rigorous treatment regimen, undergoing fourteen cycles of chemotherapy and a grueling five-day inpatient regimen during the height of the pandemic. This meant enduring these treatments without the physical presence and support of her husband or other loved ones.

    Learn more about Christina’s journey and how her mindset helped her through this incredibly difficult time on this week's episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

    If you’d like to donate to Project Purple’s mission of a world without pancreatic cancer, please visit https://www.projectpurple.org/.

    To keep up with Christina’s cancer journey, follow her on instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/living.rarely/

    Also check out her website where she blogs about her experiences with this rare case of cancer:
    https://livingrarely.com/

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 273 - Fully Charged with Meaghan B. Murphy

    Episode 273 - Fully Charged with Meaghan B. Murphy

    Meet Meaghan B. Murphy, a longtime magazine editor, author, and mother of three who lives in New Jersey. In this episode of the Project Purple Podcast, Meaghan talks about her book "Your Fully Charged Life." She explains how she was inspired to write it after watching her father battle pancreatic cancer.

    Meaghan also shares the many obstacles she has faced in her life and how she has turned her negative experiences into a positive self-help book. The same lessons she shared in her book helped her cope with the loss of her father and pull herself out of a dark time. Meaghan also shares some of the preventative measures she has taken to avoid cancer and her discovery of a genetic mutation that makes her and her family members susceptible to breast and pancreatic cancer. If you want to learn more about Meaghan's inspiring story, join us for this helpful episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

    If you’d like to donate to Project Purple’s mission of a world without pancreatic cancer, please visit https://www.projectpurple.org/.

    Buy Meaghan’s book “Your Fully Charged Life” at her site:
    https://meaghanbmurphy.com/

    You can follow Meaghan on her Instagram to stay up to date with her at
    https://www.instagram.com/meaghanbmurphy/

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 40 min
    Episode 272 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Charlie Anderson-Read

    Episode 272 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Charlie Anderson-Read

    Meet Charlie, a 38-year-old from the U.K., who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This came as a huge shock to Charlie, as she had no health issues and was a lover of sports and all things exercise, even playing in a national league for hockey before becoming ill with pancreatic cancer. She shares her journey with pancreatic cancer by explaining the progression of her symptoms, which started with a loss of appetite and pains in her abdomen.

    She initially blamed these symptoms on stress but said she grew more concerned about her symptoms when the doctors began questioning her, asking how long they had been going on. She was told it could be cancer, and soon enough, a CT scan and ultrasound revealed it was, in fact, pancreatic cancer. She was told her case of cancer and the fact that it had spread to her liver meant that she was not a candidate for surgery. Her treatment options were minimal, and they warned her of the aggressiveness of the chemotherapy they’d be treating her with, warning her of damaging her fertility without time to freeze eggs.

    As a mother of a young baby and going through treatments for her pancreatic cancer, Charlie is fighting strong. She discusses her decision to shave her head due to losing it from the chemotherapy anyway and how that has built a sense of community for her, explaining her friends have shaved their heads as well and how people on social media have followed suit in honor of her. She emphasizes the importance of talking to others about her cancer journey and believes other patients should do the same. She shares her insights and advice on navigating cancer as a new mom and new patient in this episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

    If you’d like to donate to Project Purple’s mission of a world without pancreatic cancer, please visit https://www.projectpurple.org/.

    You can follow along with Charlie’s journey on her Instagram page:
    https://www.instagram.com/charlie_andersonread/

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 51 min
    Episode 271 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Matthew Rosenblum

    Episode 271 - Surviving Pancreatic Cancer with Matthew Rosenblum

    Matthew Rosenblum is a social scientist who calls Michigan home. In this episode, Matthew courageously opens up about his extraordinary journey with pancreatic cancer, a battle that began at the young age of 32.

    Matthew discusses how he relocated to North Carolina amidst the pandemic to support a friend's business when he developed an unusual combination of symptoms. Little did he know that what initially seemed like a consequence of his lifestyle choices or a hangover would lead to a life-altering diagnosis.

    With a history of Crohn’s disease, Matthew was familiar with gastrointestinal issues, and severe itching on his palms and feet. The itching was paired with jaundice, which raised concerns. Facing this challenging reality, Matthew underwent a gallbladder removal surgery and had a bile duct stent placed, but the persistence of symptoms revealed the gravity of his situation. Consulting with doctors initially left him with no straight answer, but after persistent symptoms, brushings confirmed the dreaded diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

    Thus began Matthew’s journey. Tune in to this compelling episode of Project Purple Podcast to witness Matthew's inspiring story of triumph, resilience, and the power of advocacy in the face of pancreatic cancer in this week’s episode of the Project Purple Podcast.

    If you’d like to donate to Project Purple’s mission of a world without pancreatic cancer, please visit https://www.projectpurple.org/.

    You can follow along with Matt on his journey on his Instagram page:
    https://www.instagram.com/myfunnypancreas/

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 270 - Our Top Moments of 2023

    Episode 270 - Our Top Moments of 2023

    With 2023 winding down and 2024 coming up over the horizon, Dino, Vin, Sam, and Zach sat down to discuss a record-breaking year for Project Purple. With this having been such a great year and us having so many exciting things in store for 2024, this week's episode provides a look at this year's events from a staff perspective and a peek behind the scenes of Project Purple.

    To learn more about Project Purple, visit https://www.projectpurple.org/ or follow us on social media at these links:
    https://www.facebook.com/Run4ProjectPurple
    https://www.instagram.com/projectpurple/
    https://twitter.com/Run4Purple
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgA8nVhUY6_MLj5z3rnDQZQ

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Wild Bill 111 ,

Project Purple Rocks

Being a seven almost eight-year pancreatic cancer survivor, Project Purple has helped me deal with my journey. With so few surviving this awful disease, I found listening to Project Purple's survivor stories encouraging as well as informative. I will be referring others who are facing pancreatic cancer to this amazing resource. Well done!

Author David Richman ,

Thank you Dino

Dino has committed himself to helping others for years, and it’s hard to imagine the combined impact he’s had on people. I, for one, was grateful and moved to be a recent guest on the Project Purple podcast. Dino’s style is so natural and inquisitive - turning stories into inspiration and experience into knowledge that we can all use to help us through trauma. Thank you, Dino. Keep it up!

Surchek ,

Dino is like our guardian Angel for Pancreatic Survivors

It’s a pleasure to talk with a man that has done so much to advocate on behalf of people touched by pancreatic cancer. To tell my story on the podcast was so therapeutic for me. I hope the more survivors get involved in pancreatic cancer advocacy. Dino is creating a purple wave that eventually lead to a cure. Plus listening to the podcast is informative and inspiring.

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