Waking Up to the Perfect Body

Why I hid my collapsed lung

Kendra Fortmeyer
Gay Mag

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TThe first time my lung spontaneously collapsed, I was 21 years old.

What I didn’t do: tell anyone.

What I did do: completed my orientation for my wilderness ranger summer internship with the US Forest Service.

Climbed an Appalachian fire tower.

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Kendra Fortmeyer
Gay Mag

Kendra Fortmeyer is the author of YA medical fantasy novel Hole in the Middle and other strange fiction. Personal spacepunk. Believes in you.