What a poignant, courageous story. I too left JW as an adult when the cognitive dissonance became too disconcerting to ignore. My decision created a divide between my immediate and my extended family. But my decision to leave the faith of my youth was the best gift that I could have given my children. I can now offer them the unconditional love that they deserve, and they will never live with the threat of parental shunning and rejection perverting their identity formation. Rejecting the patriarchal hegemony perpetuated by JW teachings allowed me to develop emotionally and professionally and to achieve goals that I could not have even imagined while I was an elder’s daughter then an elder’s wife. Blessings to you as you continue to walk in the light.