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My Chemo Brain Counter-Offensive

So… yeah. I’ve been having some chemo brain issues for quite a while now and I’m in search of interesting ways to build up my brain muscle to counter these “cognitive disorder” side-effects, as my neurologist so neatly calls them.

I’ve never been a board game – or any game for that matter – kind of guy, but I’ve read and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that board games do help with one’s focus and clarity issues.

With this anecdotal evidence as my impetus, of course I went to Amazon, the event horizon of the internet, and searched around for what the best board game for my particular interests would be.

And I found this:

Cards Against Humanity
As you can see, it tags itself as “A party game for horrible people.” And while I don’t feel that I’m all that horrible, after reading a few of the many thousands of reviews, it does seem like a game that would appeal to my interests.

Does that make me so horrible?

That was rhetorical.


Which brings me to the point of this pointy post…

Research, with you being my source information.

Have you played the game? And if so, what do you think of it? Is it fun? Challenging? Stoopid? Do you feel you have a stronger brain because of your playing it?

And don’t worry, just because you played the game doesn’t mean I will judge you as a horrible person.


I will, however, admire your courage for admitting it.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you can learn more about it here.


29 thoughts on “My Chemo Brain Counter-Offensive

  1. I’ve played the game once at a party. It is horrible, but mostly pretty funny, too! I definitely wouldn’t say that it gave me a stronger brain, though, haha.

    1. Ha ha. Maybe it’s a good primer for this primary political season then.

  2. One of my all-time favorite games, if you happen to have a few gutter minded friends as I most definitely do, I’d highly recommend it for some laugh therapy. As Johanna said, I don’t know about a stronger brain, but they say laughter is the best medicine, so maybe? 🙂

    1. Gutter humor plus my loopy brain could make for quite a spectacle to behold. 🙂

  3. I’ve played it a few times. With my adult kids and their friends. It’s very very funny, and can be very, very uncomfortable as well, depending on who you are playing with. A Particularly suitable game for those that tend to fall on the snarky side of the spectrum. I think trying to make those unusual associations, and the sheer level of horror/humor at your own depravity exercise the brain. I don’t think I’m a horrible person, but I definitely needed a bath after I play.It’s a symbolic bath, but necessary.

    1. Too funny. Thanks for the great review, lm. 🙂

  4. I used to play this quite a bit mostly with college friends having a few adult beverages. It’s really funny and infinitely replay able since it depends more on the group you are playing with than the cards themselves. It can get really creative and the answers people choose and come up with might shock you. Great game, but I wouldn’t count on it to help with brain development. If you like strategy games you might want to check out Settler’s of Catan. A bit geeky but it can be fun.

    1. The Catan game looks quite interesting. Will def check it out. Thank you, PYF. 🙂

  5. Marbles the Brain store has lots of good puzzles/games to help, too. And Mom recommends taking krill oil, if you aren’t already. As an aside – now Mom wants to get this game and have some evil fun. Woof! Love, Maggie

    1. Never heard of krill oil. Will def check it out. Thank you for the fantastic feedback. 🙂

  6. Played, it’s hysterical, and yes horrible, but then my friends and I have a sick sense of humor! Enjoy! Prayers for your healing going up.😀

    1. 🙂 Thank you, my friend. I really appreciate it.

  7. I’ve played it, & own it. Its my favorite card game! And it’s totally horrible but that’s okay!

  8. I think I could have invented this game. Never heard of it, but will definitely take a look – particularly as it will suit my menopausal brain which renders me with ZERO TOLERANCE over just about everything these days. Kurt, it may not clear the brain fog, but you’ll enjoy the hilarity of hate at least!

    1. 🙂 Let me know what you think of it if you do give it a go.

  9. This game is is so funny! I don’t think it strengthened my brain. It is more like an adult version of apples to apples. The more people you play with, the funnier this game is. I don’t think anyone who plays it is a horrible person, it’s all in good fun! 😉

  10. My favorite cards are the multiples, where you play two or even three answers to the prompt. You can get really creative with those. Also trying to match your answer to a particular person’s humor is good exercise. It good fun, but rude.

    1. that’s my favorite part to! It’s fun to play with a mix of people you know & don’t know for that reason!!

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  12. I’ve played it. It’s a great way to really get to know your friends and family in ways you might not have dreamed. My wife, for instance, was Googling many of the terms. That explains so much.

    1. As popular as this game seems to be, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it before. I’ve lived the sheltered life, I suppose. 🙂

  13. It’s an equal-opportunity offender. And I play it with my teenage kids, because I am the coolest mom evah, yo.

    1. Indeed you are… 🙂

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