The Body-Image Breaking Point That Changed My Life

Photo: Courtesy of Elettra Wiedemann.The day I got my first period was also the first day that I was strapped into my Milwaukee back brace. For the next five years, I would stay locked in this brace 23 hours a day, with just one hour off for bathing. Obviously, that first day was not the best day of my life. It was also a pretty brutal introduction into adolescence and womanhood — a day that affected my body image for years to come. In fact, now that I think about it, I'd say that brace...

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