As I have talked about before, I have a serious bleeding disorder, not hemophilia though. Back in the dark ages of the '70s, the medical term used was "pseudo-hemophilia".
Because I did not get appropriate medical care (thanks to the WTS), I spent many hours during meetings sitting in the smelly ladies room at the KH trying to control my nosebleeds. Hours! If it went on long enough, I'd get called to talk to the elders who would give me the usual harassment. This is why I got seemingly more than my share of lectures--telling me to get the bleed stopped, pray harder, a plethora of stoooooopid granola hippie suggestions, I "better not put my mother through having to take me to the hospital", "Jehovah will bless you if you have a clean heart," etc. That is probably when I began to hate several ppl in my KH because they were so annoying and cold-hearted. #$%^ Prevent me from getting appropriate medical care and then blame me because my condition is out of control.
Anyway........I just remembered something sad/hilarious that a dub said to me, based upon her vast study of Greek/Latin/etc. at the Awake University. It went something like this:
"You know, hemophiliacs are like vampires. The root of the word 'heme' means 'blood' and 'phila' as we know from our studies means 'like'. So a hemophiliac is a person who likes blood. And they take blood transfusions, which is feeding on blood. Vampires like blood too, and they are demonized."
A wonderful thing to tell a child--they like blood, are like a vampire, and are demonized. AS IF I was at fault for having this medical problem or for not controlling it. PLUS you have to wonder about parents who don't stick up for their children when they're being mistreated. I'm sorry but I feel this it is verbal abuse to tell a child they are possessed, are like "damaged goods" for getting a transfusion, etc.
Just thought I'd share this little glimpse into the dark side of being a JW........for those who don't believe there is much of a dark side. I hate certain ppl for what they did as individuals, but I hate the org that brainwashed/enabled them to behave that way. "love amongst themselves"?????