Nanette's story is a blend of resilience and the power of gratitude. Today, Erika sits with her sister-in-law to talk about Nanette's experience growing up in a religious community and navigating the struggles that arise. They touch on the challenges of leaving a faith, dealing with a partner's addiction, and the resilience it takes to start anew.


In this episode, we cover the following:

  • Growing up as a Jehovah's Witness
  • Beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Why don't they celebrate holidays
  • Getting married at 20
  • Having a spouse with alcoholism
  • Marriage spiraling: financial infidelity, deaths in the family, and lying
  • Her marriage's final straw
  • Filing for divorce and experiencing being soft-shunned by her community
  • The unconditional love and support she found from family and friends outside of the organization
  • Going to therapy, unpacking her indoctrination, and conducting her own research
  • Nanette's favorite deli sandwich


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