The reason I ask this question is because when I became a JW I had 3 little children who relied on me for everything, including making the right medical decisions for them.
It really terrifies me when I think back to that time because I was so committed (I should have been actually) that I use to send my kids to school with the 'NO BLOOD' card hanging around their necks...........OMG. I also filled in all their medical forms with 'no blood' in the 'special instructions' box.
Well, since then, many bad things have happened to me and my family at the hands of the borg and individual dubs. Also, many other things have come to light (not their light) that has proven the WTS wrong and dangerous. Some of their mistakes haven't been life-threatning...........but some have!!
I have been thinking since leaving the borg, that I regret many things about my life there, yet most of my regrets can be made up for and in time, even forgotten. But WHAT IF I had let one of my family die because of what I believed and trusted then, yet now I know is totally wrong?????????????? How could I ever get over a regret like that? It makes me feel sick in the stomach whenever I contemplate it.
Both my parents had major surgery several years ago, and the blood issues came up. Fortunately neither of them needed blood, but if they did they would have died because they didn't want blood then and I would have made sure their wishes be respected. I would be sitting here now kicking myself for a wrong decision. What a regret! What a waste of life!!
I'm just so glad that I never had to make that sort of a decision, but what scares me is the power and influence the WTS has over it's people. JWs have died because of the religion they're involved in, not because they had to.
Please note.........this does not mean I would take blood easily, for medical reasons I do have concerns about using it. But there are other options, and having the freedom to choose is a gift and I cherish that. And when push comes to shove, I'm pretty sure I'd choose to have my child alive taking a risk, rather than surrendering that chance to life because of what some guys in NY say, after all they have got a FEW things wrong before right?
Any opinions, thoughts or experiences you'ld like to share?
Look forward to hearing from you.