Posted by on July 9, 2024 9:27 am
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Alastair James shares his journey with Pectus Excavatum in Attitude’s Real Bodies (Image: Alastair James, Ray Burmiston, and Francisco Gomez de Villaboa)

Along with coming to terms with my sexuality, university is also where I began to change my perception of my body. During puberty, I developed a severe case of the deformity Pectus Excavatum (PE). No, it’s not a spell from Harry Potter; it’s where the sternum is concave. It can appear at childbirth, or it may develop later on, as it had in my case.

The first time I was aware of it was on a family holiday in Cornwall. My cousins and I were running towards the sea, and I saw some other kids pointing and laughing. I looked down and realised it was me they

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