Just a quick message to thank everybody for the outpouring of support in response to my very first post on this site. I came here only expecting one or two replies at most, and could not possibly have anticipated so much more. The encouragement I have found meant more to me than the final two or three years of indifference and unconcern encountered among my so-called 'brothers' at the Kingdom Hall.
I shared this experience with my therapist on Wednesday and could not stop crying as I explained to her just what it means to be a JW 'castaway' (rootless and seemingly without a friend in the world) who has found hope and understanding in an online community of people who seem to have been there all along--through the same long years of deceit, hypocrisy, anguish and alienation from the world around. I only hope that one day I will be able to reach out and help someone on this site the way that I am being helped right now.
Some of you have shared very personal thoughts and experiences that I would love to respond to immediately, but cannot due to the obvious limitations (work and time allotted for personal Internet access). Will try to respond personally to as many of you as possible, one step at a time. So nice to have a therapist who gives great advice...
Signing off for the week now in hopes that everyone has a most enjoyable weekend. I feel so good now, I might just try again to make it drink-free (hiking and journaling in the mountains helps too).
Your Friend From the Fiery Furnace