**Tasha submitted her story as part of our Overcoming Adversity Contest**
by Tasha Roza, Tracy, California
It started when she was 7. That’s when her life took a dark turn.
It started when I was 7 years old. My parents split up, and I moved with my mother and her new boyfriend. Soon after she got pregnant with my brother, and her boyfriend kicked us out. After that, we moved. When my brother was born, my mom was more interested in drugs, alcohol, and men rather than my brother and myself. I was 8 years old, taking care of my infant brother.
Most of my childhood I do not remember. At the age of 16, my mother introduced me to meth. I loved it – a lot. I met a guy and started dating. After three months, I became pregnant with a boy. When I found out I was pregnant, I did not touch meth again until I stopped breast-feeding. That was in 2003.