Hi guys. I was an active member of this forum many years ago and it played an integral part of my awakening and making peace with my decision to leave. It’s been a while since I posted here. For the most part, I’ve just been getting on with my life, raising kids, getting a degree.
Over the last few months though, some unpleasant JW stuff has popped my relatively happy bubble. It started with sharing the famous Leah Remini tv show late last year on FB. I don’t have many JW friends on FB, but I was suddenly blocked by a few of them, including the long inactive ones. One of them even took it upon herself to contact my sister, who is not on social media, to tell her about my post. My sister, who is married to a CO, decided it was time to shun me.
Three months ago, my 75-year-old JW dad had to undergo emergency heart surgery for a quad bypass. It was essentially a life or death situation and the doctor refused to do the surgery without his permission for a blood transfusion. My mother, who is almost 80, has terminal health issues and my father is her main caregiver. He chose the transfusion. My mother, a staunch JW, stood in tears at his bedside, telling him that the decision was between him and Jehovah and she didn't want him to die. For the time that he was ill, she went back to speaking to me and texting me. But she's gone quiet again.
It is a few months down the line and Dad is well on the road to recovery. My sister decided that he is healthy enough to create some drama and she gave him an ultimatum. He needed to come clean to the elders about the transfusion or she would turn him in.
My dad is fairly open-minded and he shared the story with me. I was really open with him for the first time, and I have shared some info from the Journal for Medical Ethics on the inconsistencies about their dogma.
I am just so angry guys and I wanted to come somewhere to share the story where people would actually get it. I really hate this f*&Cking religion. It has screwed up so much in my life.