FACELESS, BUT REMEMBERED
It’s New Year’s Eve. Camp, a recent kidney transplant recipient, gets called in to work at a gas station with his Uncle Ellis, a transplant recipient 20 years prior. As the night wears on, Ellis stops at nothing to force Camp to be more appreciative of his second chance at life, resulting in nightmarish consequences.
Right before starting college, I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease. The seven years since being diagnosed had been a time where you go off, wandering around, unsure of what to do with your life. In my mind, I rationalized that the "reason" I felt unfulfilled, anxious, and scared was because of CKD. I told myself that all of my sarcastic tendencies, angry thoughts, indecisive moments, ruminations - I would be happier once I had my transplant. Finally, on December 17, 2013, it happened. Seven years of build-up... And when I woke up, nothing had changed. I was still worrying, complaining, but friends and family all believed I had just undergone a life-altering experience. I was still me, but it seemed as though everyone around me had changed. Through the first year, I learned a tremendous amount about what people do and do not understand about the psychological impact of kidney transplants, and Faceless, but Remembered is my way of letting people know what it's like in those early months after transplant: How you must come to terms with family, friends, the responsibility. "Faceless" plays out like a horror/thriller. I want to place you in the mind of a transplant survivor. The world around you, the people in your life, it doesn't feel like reality, and it's scarier than you thought. - Shelby Baldock