I am not even going to pretend my case was extreme, but I do need to get a few things of my chest. I was born and raised as a JW. However, I did not buy into the religion and mostly stayed for family unity, but as some of you may have experienced living a lie eats away at you. Last year the stress of being a JW got somewhat debilitating and I had to go to the emergency room. It was at that point that I knew I had to cut ties with my lie. When I finally showed my true colors the Elders were utterly shocked and formed a judicial committee. The funny thing was I didn't even know that they were "judging" me until later. However, to prevent anymore pain of my transition I never officially cut ties with them. At that point they knew my "apostasy" and I was expecting to be disfellowshipped, but that never happened. Apparently my father got involved and managed to pull a few strings to avoid the shame that it would bring. I guess that is what I have not been able to let go of since I have seen people be disfellowshipped for less. It made me angry that even in this thing they could be so hypocritical. Maybe I am wrong in my anger, but this is how I feel. Luckily for me my family still talks to me even if everyone else sees as black sheep. Anyways sorry for the long post.