Joseph A. Pinto

barflypoet & author of dark fiction

The worry was obvious in my mother’s voice but there was something else, too, something I didn’t care for one bit. “They’ve found tumors all through your father’s liver,” she told me over the phone. The defeat in her tone was thick. I refused to acknowledge it. Even without knowing exactly what was going on …

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“Christ, you look like shit.” Those were my exact words over seven years ago when my dad arrived early on a Sunday morning to help renovate my basement. And he really did look like shit. His face was white as a ghost. “I’m fine,” my dad replied, “just must’ve eaten something funny last night.” If …

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November 1 means a great deal to me. It marks All Saints Day in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. On November 1, 1966, my favorite football team came into existence – the New Orleans Saints. It also marks the arrival of another saint to be. On November 1, 1946, Joseph C. Pinto …

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I could easily give you the statistics about pancreatic cancer. Face value, they’re pretty grim. For all stages of pancreatic cancer, the five-year survival rate falls between 5 and 6%. There is still no early testing… and no cure, unless you’re among the less than 20% eligible for surgery to have it removed only in …

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Hello all! I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new website, PURPLE HOPE. I lost my father to pancreatic cancer in 2007, and since then I’ve done my best to create positivity and awareness in the fight against pancreatic cancer. PURPLE HOPE is a place where you can share your personal stories and …

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