The Black Rose symbolizes pain,hurt, sorrow and death...a physical death and or spiritual death. It also symbolizes strength, courage and resistance... all of which are excerpts of my life. As you read my story, you will encounter moments of intensified emotion, raw drama and intriguing suspense. You will be introduced to a young girl who holds the weight of her parents dysfunctional, mental, physical and drug abused relationship on her shoulders which in turns follows her throughout her life. This memoir is written in excerpts because that's just what they are...excerpts pulled from different segments of my life. It's written in an interesting chronological time line order of events. My hope is that you will be encouraged, challenged and informed on issues that you may have experienced, never encountered or may have questioned. I am the Black Rose and this is my Story. This is my truth.