Never Give Up, Keratoconus Is Not the End of Your Life!

My name is Elgin Foster. I'm a 26 year old weight lifter who aspires to be an inspiration through personal training. I'm happily married, and we are expecting our first little one, a boy, due in July. I was officially diagnosed with keratoconus in 2014 and my life hasn't been the same since.


Employment has been a constant struggle because of keratoconus. My dream of personal training has been put on hold because of lack of funds. I've worked several different jobs, everything from warehouse manager to a correctional officer. My very last job, I was working as a custodian, but because of the keratoconus, I was harassed and fired within 2 months. This happened right after I was told that they would work with my lack of vision.


I've been through, and am still going through, a lot of storms that range from bringing in no income to constantly fighting off depression. Depression stems from not being able to socialize because I can't see who I'm talking to, being in constant pain from ocular headaches, eyes burning all the time, fear that I won't be able to see my own son's face, and just a general feeling of hopelessness.

For all the keratoconus brothers and sisters we have all been through the questions ...  "Why don't u get glasses?" I've tried that. "Why are u squinting?" I can't see. "If u have this disease, how are u driving?" (as if we  got it over night..) I struggle with driving and at night it's pretty much  impossible.

I've tried disability for just a little bit of income to sustain my family until I can afford treatment, but they claim I have to be blind completely. I even tried a Go Fund Me so I can raise money to pay for my course in personal training so that I can support and take care of my growing family. I've tried everything and gotten nowhere.

It's still a constant struggle, especially since my little family is getting bigger, we're in dire need of a vehicle, and we have very little income and support.

But through it all I find small things to be grateful for. So hold on and never give up my KC brothers and sisters. I refuse to let keratoconus beat me. You're not alone in this fight.

Stay strong  everyone.

3 comments:

  1. Wow I also have keratoconus. I am sorry to hear because I know what it feels like to not be able to get ahead because of this debilitating disease. You and your family is in my prayers.

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  2. Wow I also have keratoconus. I am sorry to hear because I know what it feels like to not be able to get ahead because of this debilitating disease. You and your family is in my prayers.

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  3. Though i was treated with C3R back in 2012 and it stopped me from going blind but it cost me my biggest upset of my life and it completly destroyed my dream to be a Cricketer. Today August 18,2017 still worried and crying that what is happening with me and what i am doing with my life, i am completly hopeless what i will do in my future as i does not know else or any other work than playing Cricket. Now just living it with it had completly changed my life now just memories of my good old days are with me.. ..

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