My husband actually found this site and had me check it out. It's funny that I never though to go looking myself.
A little background on me~ I was raised from birth as a JW . . . mom was a witness, dad was not. Parents divorced over it when I was 11. Unfortunately, my dad never stuck up for me or defended my option to *choose* whether or not this religion was what I wanted. My mother was very domineering and controlling, so if I wanted life to go smoothly for me, I had no choice but to go along. Never really had it in my heart (even though I was talked into getting baptized), and by the time I was 16 I was seriously rebelling. Stuck it out, though, until I was 18 and got pregnant (oops, there was that rebelling again), I was DF-ed, but being young and on my own with a baby on the way, I started back to meetings and got RI just before my son was born. Fast-forward 3 years later . . . meet a guy, not a witness, and well, I end up DF-ed again. This time, I was working and needed no more assistance from mom, so I decided to wash my hands of the religion altogether.
It has been 9 years now and I still have issues with my family. My mother has recently contacted the KH in my area and gave them my phone number . . . I'm not too impressed. Apparently she is still holding out hope that I will return. She will come over and babysit for me but otherwise won't 'associate' with me. I have a baby daughter now and I think it's driving her nuts that she can't see her more often. Hey, that's her problem not mine and certainly no reason for me to go crawling back to a religion that I don't agree with.
So, anyway, didn't intend for this to turn into a novel. It's so nice to finally find others like me! Happy to be joining you all!