Yes I did. I left in 1998. I Da ed myself because there was going to be no fading for me. I have a very involved family members. That comes from being a 4th generation born in JW. I got baptised at 19. I left at 23. I knew that my family would never leave me alone and let me live my life without butting in, so I Da ed myself. I had told my mom about a week before I did it that I didn't believe and had never believed. I expected her to keep it to herself. She did not. She went to the elders and ratted me out. So I Da ed. I didn't find any EX JW board until 05.
My uncle died in 05 and that is what caused me to google JW's. I was told in my uncles room the day before he died that some people who were there were uncomfortable with me being in the waiting room with my family, so I should go find another place to sit away from my family. I practically had an emotional break down from that. I started crying and ran out of the hospital. I called a cab to go home and was balling in front of the hospital. My mom called my cell phone and talked to me and then my aunt ,who I hadn't spoken to since I left, got on the phone and told me that no one had said that to him and he had no right to say that or anything to me. My aunt told me that my family needed me and I should come back. I calmed down and cancled the cab and went back up to the waiting room. I googled JW's when I got home later that day. I found this board and another 2. I joined and started posting.
That elder made me an apostate. Before that I was content to just live and let live.