My name is Chris. I was brought up as a JW. I am now 40.
I have been free for 8 years.
It's taken 7 years or so to move thru the gears to get to being angry. Not at JW's but at the 'religion'.
My full story is on my blog http://qookumba.wordpress.com/i-escaped-from-a-cult/
Something my therapist suggested may assist me in coming to terms with my life in a cult.
Shortly after I started it I started getting emails from other JW's asking if they could post their stories, something I had not anticipated.
So I have made it a feature and set up a dedicated email address help4exjws @gmail.com
Reading other peoples stories has helped me and seems to help those that share.
This cult has meant I am now isolated from my immediate family (despite one being in active and another being disfellowshipped) and that my innocent Wife and 5 children have no relationship with them. It also means I have no 'friends' and because I am now disabled, no chance to socialise (at the moment).
I have discovered a lot about myself since my disfellowshipping - many of these I discuss on my blog.
I joined here because I am looking to contact like minded folks, who truly understand what I have been through and hopefully can help me in my recovery and likewise may benefit from my experience.
I look forward to speaking with you good people!