IamAn ex-Scientologist who grew up in the group. AMA!
My short bio: I was born into the Church of Scientology and was very involved with it until my parents, my grandparents and I left in December of 2009. My mom was in the Sea Org when she found out she was pregnant with me. They asked her to abort me and, obviously, she didn't. The Tampa Bay Times did an article about it here.
I did my first course at 7 and eventually moved to LA to join the Sea Org (that didn't last), then joined staff at my local org when I was 16. I ended up going to Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida to do training to be a Class IV Supervisor. I left while I was on the last step of my training, after 18 months of full-time training, when most of my family left Scientology.
My mom, Chris Shelton, and I were all recently interviewed by City Pages about our involvement with the local Twin Cities org. You can find that here.
Ask me anything!
My Proof: This is me!
UPDATE: I'm winding down for tonight, but if you have additional questions, feel free to post them and I'll get to them tomorrow. Thank you everyone for your questions and nice words! Have a great night!