Even though I've been free of the JW Cult for close to 10 years, it's still affecting me. It robbed me of my teen years, education, self-esteem, family & friends. My whole family is in this cult. I haven't met many new friends in the last 10 years. My hub & I have one little boy now & we are practically loners. His family? Yes JW too. I
have new issues w/ the extended family now that we have a 2 year old. I want him to have grandparents however I do not want him going to any meetings w/ them so as to brainwash him. They rarely call & when they do, they setup a time to see him not us, so I am wondering if they have disfellowshipped us. That would be fine w/ me but that's why we moved & faded away so we could have contact w/ the family. It's been great to be free of guilt. My husband & I are both Atheist. I do miss having family and close friends. I still have a hard time fitting into society as a 'normal' person. It's also hard living here in the Bible Belt. I am a nurse & the corporation I work for basis their work ethic on religion. Smart, clean, non-judging friends are hard to find. How do you make up for the loss of family? I yearn for a 'normal' family. How do you find close friends @ this point in life? Everyone I know has close friends w/ whom they grew up w/. I grew up w/ those of the JW cult & rejected all of my "worldly" friends. How in the world do we begin to repair this?