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Among the many reasons chemotherapy stinks is that it's boorrrring. Help your friend pass the time with tools for a (sedentary) activity she enjoys, such as knitting yarn or a crossword puzzle book. Board games are good at killing hours — as is good company — so bring along chess, Scrabble or puzzles. Games in travel form, such as Imagination Games' Bag Gammon, are ideal for portability. $9.99 at gamedaze.com Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune
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