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Christine Boyle, Founder
Essays on my cancer experience
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NEW BLOG POST: 
October 11, 2018
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Play Your Position
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How I abandoned my aspirations to be a health superhero and realized the importance of captaining a super team.
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NEW BLOG POST: September 20, 2018
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Chemo Seasons
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Chemotherapy has phases, which are similar to seasonal transitions. Each treatment had its spring, summer, fall, and winter.  Finding the seasonal rhythm was the key to getting through them.
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NEW BLOG POST: 
September 13, 2018
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Seattle
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Sometimes a city is more than just a city.  During my summer break, I relocated from Seattle to Boston.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect on the important role Seattle played in supporting me through my cancer diagnosis.
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NEW BLOG POST: August 7, 2018
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Sometimes Google is a Mean Girl
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Cancer forced me to renegotiate my boundaries in several relationships, including family, doctors, and co-workers.  But the one that changed the most?  My relationship with Google. —  Link to blog in profile
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NEW BLOG POST: July 31, 2018
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Forever a Child
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When my parents visit on my birthday, childhood nostalgia and unexpected chemo challenges make it one to remember.
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NEW BLOG POST: July 24, 2018.
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Penning in Paris
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Turns out, there were some lessons I had to learn before starting patient and empowered. That’s why I’m writing this week’s blog from Paris.
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NEW BLOG POST: July, 17 2018
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The Debut
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Today’s blog tells the story of the day I received my wig, including my unexpected realizations and the surprising reaction from my care team.
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NEW BLOG POST: July 10, 2018
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My Wigmaker, My Therapist
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Going through chemo, I found therapists in the most unexpected places. This week’s blog tells the story of how I found some relief from the fear of losing my hair with the help of a custom wigmaker.
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NEW BLOG POST: June 26, 2018
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When Hair Equals Hope
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When I realized that I would lose my hair during cancer treatment, it led to both emotional and practical challenges.  I address how I navigated this aspect of my cancer journey in today’s blog.
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NEW BLOG POST: June 19, 2018.
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Three Inches of Snow
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It’s the weekend after my first chemotherapy treatment. I prepare myself for the impending arrival of chemotherapy side effects, not knowing what to expect.
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NEW BLOG POST: June 12, 2018
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First Day
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Chemotherapy begins.  On today’s blog I share my thoughts on how I prepared for treatment and my First Day experience.
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NEW BLOG POST: June 5,2018
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The Noble War
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On the day before my first chemo treatment I was overwhelmed by anxiety, but I also received some incredible advice on how to approach my treatment plan.
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