I was a 3rd generation JW. Basically my entire family and all of my friends were JWs. I DAed myself because I just didn't believe it. I could no longer fake my faith? I could not live a lie. Result: I am shunned by my entire family and everyone I grew up knowing. I wasted about four years of my life trying to be nice and win them over so they would not shun me... it was a waste of time and heart ache. I eventually became resolved to the fact they will never be a part of my life again and wrote them off as lost to a cult. Over the years I have built a new "family" and new friendships. When I was a kid and my grandfather died they had to divide up the estate. In the process it came to my attention that my grandfather had another son by a previous marriage before he was a JW. All my life I had an uncle that I was never told about, a whole other branch of my family that was ignored and hidden from everyone. I was shocked and horrified that a family could do such a thing. I am now destined to be that hidden family member, hidden from view, treated as though I don't even exist. This is what I have had to come to terms with. ===== Hey WTS.... these fingers are for you! .!..<0_o> ..!. ===== "I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do".¬óD. Dale Gulledge