Ms Whip, you didn't have a story with a happy ending.
Actually #3 had a happy ending except for the disfellowshipped part. Only because of the stress & loss of family that causes. Otherwise, that's a happy story lol.
Odrade was baptized at 15. She was the first of her friends to take the plunge, not to be the first, but because she knew she had the "truth." She pioneered for several years and was glad to do it because she thought she was serving "God." She got married in the Kingdom Hall, and kept on with service and meetings just like she thought she should. When she was in her early 30s, she found out the truth about the "truth," left the Organization, never looked back and is very happy. She doesn't take drugs for depression, didn't commit suicide, doesn't lead a double life, doesn't cheat on her husband, doesn't drink herself into oblivion, started a career, has a nice home, and pretty much has a great life.
The end. :)
You do sound like my number 3 example. As you figured out this was fictional post based on real people. I too fit more into number 3 except the df part.
early 30s seems to be the ripe age for "lifers" to start wondering/wandering.
You also sound like you have adjusted to life outside of the org. with ease.
I would say you are the exception and not the norm. IMHO A strong will, an intelligent, logical matter-of-fact mind can adapt quicker than a beaten soul who runs on emotion no matter the intelligence.
Whatever the personality of the escapee, there will always be some sort of scar. It could be strained relationships, bitter feelings toward family, isolation, residual feelings of inadequacy, indifference, loss of beliefs, loss of friends. We could try to brush it off and say..."no i'm great" It's just not realistic to have been through what we have and say we are perfectly fine, it didn't effect us one iota.
In my experience, I am an all-or-nothing personality. When I threw away my Jehovah's Witness self, I also threw away my relationship with god, my belief in god, the bible, respect for religion etc.
No matter how much you say that it's all behind you and you're living a great life, the fact that you're here means something. Whatever the reason, it's not been a "clean break." Just my thoughts.