DEAR ABBY: I'm an only child by default. My parents have been married 30 years and had two children.
When I was 9 and my sister was 6, we were in a car accident with my mother that resulted in my sister's death. Her death changed my life in ways I can never explain.
My father began abusing drugs and beating me. My mother started stealing and was always unemployed. She became severely depressed and also abused prescription drugs.
I was left to raise myself, and now, as an adult, I don't want a relationship with either of them.