Stranger by Jenna Stopper — Photography by Braeden Dillenbeck

I. What doesn’t kill you makes you a stranger to yourself. You wake up from surgery and your belly button is gone. In its place is a neatly-sutured pinhole that shouldn’t – doesn’t – belong to you. You stare at the stitches, itchy dry cracked scabs crisscrossed by purple lines. You cannot feel your belly