Derek Bloch: Why is Scientology keeping a dying mother away from her son? - 2020-06-26
We first wrote about Derek Bloch's story of being victimized by Scientology homophobia back in 2012. He's continued to be a favorite of ours here in the Underground Bunker, and he's written on Scientology's toxic 'disconnection' policy for us numerous times. Recently he received some devastating news, and we asked him to tell us how he was coping with it.
My mother's name is Theresa Norene (Pehl) Bloch. She was born September 17, 1961. Her late mother, Linda, passed in 2002 from leukemia. Her father's name is Bill. He is around 80 years old and incredibly healthy. He makes delicious wine at his home in Texas from all kinds of different fruits. One of my best memories from when I was a child is eating Peepaw's homemade peach ice cream as a kid.
Peepaw hasn't heard from Theresa in years, since he told her he was back in touch with me. Theresa has three wonderful sisters who have been incredibly supportive of me as I sorted my life out amid the fallout of leaving Scientology, but who haven't seen my mother in decades. She has loads of nieces and nephews (and grand-nieces and nephews) who haven't seen her in decades. Last I knew, Theresa was living with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Azusa, CA.