Terminally Ill Cancer Patient Enters Rehab To Die Drug-Free

By Shawn Dwyer 05/15/14

John Eggers has been video blogging his battle with terminal brain cancer for KTLA, but surprised news anchors when he revealed that he was also addicted to opiates.

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A terminally ill cancer patient is checking into rehab to kick his addiction to painkillers and ensure he dies drug-free.

John Eggers, 48, is a former attorney who has been recording his final weeks in a video blog for KTLA. He is suffering from brain tumors and has been given just months to live. The station has been helping him check off items on his bucket list, including going skydiving and fulfilling a lifelong dream of appearing on a television show. But newscasters were shocked when he confessed in a recent video blog, “My name is John Eggers and I am a drug addict.”

Eggers was initially given opiates including Oxycodone for a back injury, but eventually became addicted when he began abusing them to cope with anxiety and depression. “I was in an extremely dark place. A place you could never imagine being,” he said. “I realize my life span is very short and that’s okay. That’s acceptable to me. What’s not acceptable to me is wasting more of the time I have left on opiates, on drugs.”

He checked into a treatment center to detox off the medication and has now been clean for a few days. Realizing that the drugs could kill him before his cancer, Eggers said he is determined to stay sober and become an example for other addicts who are battling cancer.

Perhaps most importantly, he vowed to end his life on his own terms, declaring that “I’m not dying today and I’m not dying tomorrow.”

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Shawn Dwyer is a writer, editor and content producer living in Los Angeles. You can find him on Linkedin.