Welcome Scruffmcbuff, looking forward to reading your stories.
what a wonderful site!
Ive been out 10 years now and at 27 loving life! running a succesful business and dont all thay materialistic stuff thata frowned apon, like providing my wife and kids with a nice car and house!
Welcome to the forum, so that means that you went through all the JC nonsense when you were 17! You should be proud of yourself to have learned and realized things about those people so early in life. Some don't have that youth advantage.
It took me several years to realise that i was actualy a lucky one! i was able to get out and start a new life.
Alot of my family dont talk to me still but thats become less important over the years.
I have a few ex jw friends from my old hall most just faded. one DF for calling the police.