Debbie Shard's Story

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  • Lee Elder
    Lee Elder

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    Debbie Shard’s Story

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Lee Elder

    I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in a family that was associated from about 1910. I grew up truly believing it was the truth. There were many issues, as I got older that disturbed my conscience and I want to tell my story. My Dad was an Elder for many years. He developed kidney disease, which eventually stopped all kidney function, and he went on dialysis.

    The subject of a transplant came up, and my parents searched the Watchtower publications to see what the society had to say, and found that it was not permissible, so he did not have a transplant. He was on dialysis for several years, but it was not enough. He died in 1978, and the society changed their policy, to make it a matter of conscience in 1980.

    Name: Arvid Einar Moody – Born: Aug 1910 – Died: May 1978 in Cambridge Mass. To view the death certificate, click here.

    I believe Dad was baptized in 1929, and I have a picture of his baptism…in fact lots of family pictures of all witness activities including assemblies, sound cars, etc…as well as the portable phonograph and Rutherford records…also a very large number of books going back to the turn of the century.

    Dad was an elder in the Hyde Park Congregation on River St. in Hyde Park, MA. Dad designed the hall. He was sound servant for our circuit, and most district assemblies in our area. He was well-known in the area, and fairly well-known at headquarters. He was friends with Al Schroeder (Governing Body member), and Charlie Meng of the art department.

    I have a 16-year-old son, who must attend the kingdom hall every other Sunday with his father (who is still a witness) He does not believe the Watchtower, and does not wish to attend. His father has even resorted to calling the police to force him to go, when he resisted. Recently my ex-husband gave my son a blood card to carry in his wallet. My son does not believe as my husband does, yet my ex-husband would have him carry this card, which expresses not my son’s beliefs, but his own…even to the point of risking my son’s life for something that my son does not believe. On the back of the card, my ex-husband scratched out (our) son and replaced it with (my) son, thus erasing my parental input in the matter. He signed it as though he was the only parent. Obviously, my son will not carry the card, but gave it to me instead.

    The incredible control that the organization has over people’s lives still amazes me….and saddens me. May God bless your efforts!

    In His Love,

    Debbie Shard

  • DesirousOfChange

    If and when they change their policy on blood (just as they did on transplants), the average R&F JW will just go along like nothing happened. Just "New Light". Happens all the time. If the "overlapping generation" did not wake them up, I don't think anything will.


  • jgnat

    Two more years, and that boy is free.

  • JT speaks-out
    JT speaks-out

    I had to go into hospital for surgery when I was about 19 years old. (I had already left the jws by this time.) My mother was present at the time that my admition forms were being done. I am vision impaired, so someone had to fill out the forms for me. Fortunately a nurse was in the room at the time, because my mother was trying to put on the forms that I would not accept a blood transfusion if the issue came up. In the end, the nurse and I both had to ask my mother to leave the room, and the nurse completed the forms for me with the answers I requested.

    It is quite likely that if noone else was present, my mother would have filled out the forms according to her cult without even telling me what was on the form.

  • zeb

    "Calling the Police to make him attend".. what a fool. Talk about lost in his own lunchbox. The Police have far better things to do!

  • Dagney

    I wanted to let everyone know that today on FB, Debbie Shard's daughter posted that her mother may have had a stroke and is in the hospital. I don't see any more information at this time. She also asked for all to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

    For the life of me, I can't remember Debbie's JWN name at the moment. She was a frequent participant to the board a few years back. If anyone does know it, please post.

    Sending positive thoughts and healing wishes to Debbie Shard.

  • betterdaze

    Best wishes for her recovery.
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  • Dagney

    Bumping this up for those who remember coffee_black. (TY betterdaze )

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