Well, I've been lurking here for a while and decided that today I would introduce myself. I was raised as a JW from the time I was 5 years old. I am now 46 and was DF'd in 1976 or 1977 I can't remember. It is amazing to me that I have always thought they have the truth and that I will be killed off when the big A arrives. Maybe thats why I smoke so much pot and drink myself blind a lot. I have learned so much from this forum and I am sad that I have wasted my whole life thinking that my death "is at the door step". Never went to college, never married (I'm gay) but I did have a long term relationship (17 years) that ended in 1997. I am now single.
My mom started shunning me about 8 years ago. She had DA'd herself in the early 1990's but the brothers kept calling on her and she went back. She DA'd because she thought it would be better to die with her children in the big A then to live an eternity without them. Now she has "drawn a line in the sand" and won't have anything to do with 4 of her 5 children. She quoted a scripture about loving your children more than Jesus. I am OK with it most of the time but it still bothers me. No, it hurts.
I never realzed how much I did not know about the JWs until I starting reading here. I spent my entire childhood and teen years in the "religion" and all I got out of it was that the world is going to end soon and all the wicked will be destroyed and the JWs are going to live forever on paradise earth. How pathetic. That's all I got out of it for 11 years. And I've allowed it to ruin my life. How the hell they allowed me to get baptised is beyond me.
Anyway, thank you all so much for the TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUTH. Maybe I'll get the balls to get myself into some recovery program and see if I can regain any bit of my life that I have left on this planet. Until then....Cheers!