Color Blindness Nearly Cost Me My Life

When I was a young boy in elementary school, my colorblindness became evident through my very uniquely mis-colored projects. I was diagnosed with an extreme condition of Color Blindness by failing all of the color blind tests I took. It was a condition that was thought to never pose any threats other than getting made fun from time to time, but it could have cost me my life.

Fast forward into my adulthood, Color Blindness has been such an afterthought because I learned how to live with it. I embrace the fact that my concept of color was different than most, but I am also aware there is  a very large amount of the population that suffers from this genetic disorder as well.

But… I have realized that most people with this disorder may be at extreme risk just like I was two years ago and that is why I am writing this article.

What is Color Blindness?

About 8% of all men and 0.5% of all women are colorblind. The most common form is red-green color blindness which affects much more men than women, as it is encoded on the x-chromosome (sex-linked) and usually inherited from a mother to her son.

But Color blindness is not ‘color blindness’! There are still many people who think colorblind people can’t really see any colors. But the term is misleading. More than 99% of all colorblind people can see colors. A better wording would be color vision deficiency, which describes this visual disorder much more precisely.

How Color Blindness Nearly Cost Me My Life

In my case, I have always been able to see life in color, but there are many colors that I get mixed up, or that blend in with others. I have a very strong color deficiency across the board, but especially it was that red-green color blindness that could have been the end of me had it not been for a very lucky discovery.

My wife and I have our bathroom attached to our bedroom. There are times when either of us wake up to pee in the middle of the night, that when we go do our duty, we won’t flush the toilet so we won’t wake the other one up.

Sound familiar?

Well, I hadn’t been much of a mid-sleep pee’er for most of our marriage. But one morning, just weeks before Christmas in 2017, I went to work early after I had left some urine in the toilet from a rare mid-sleep pee that night before. Luckily for me, I left it in there, because when my wife woke up, she found a hint of pink in the toilet from my urine. She called me right away that morning and told me about the color she found and she suggested that I get in to see the doctor because she thought it could be blood in my urine.

I called my doctor right away and he made time for me to come in that day to have my urine and stool sampled. Low and behold, they did find quite a bit of blood in both my urine and my stool. I had no idea that I had blood in either because I am colorblind and was unable to identify any red in either. This discovery led us down a path of many blood tests and ultimately a colonoscopy where the doctor found a 10.5 centimeter tumor in my colon. We then went straight into CT scan where they found 17 lymph nodes and 5 tumors in my liver.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer that night, just 3 days before Christmas morning. It was the most devastating news I could have ever heard, but ultimately it was the best news I could have ever gotten at that time, because now we knew what we were up against which allowed me to start the fight of my life, for my life!

You may be asking yourself if I had any other signs of this disease leading up to this point.

No I didn’t.

I was 41 at the time, and I had developed so any aches and pains from the amount of inflammation and unhealthy weight in my body, that I didn’t even know anything was going on in there. I just thought I was ”getting older.”

But, I am not writing this article to talk about my health or cancer battle. I have other publications for that. I am writing this article because about 1 in 12 men, and around 1 in 200 women in this world are effected by Color Blindness and this is not something that I hear people talking about. #colorblindnessmatters

The Rise in Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

There is another huge elephant in the room and that is the increase in colorectal cancer in young adults, with the largest increase in those aged 20 to 29, but also those in their 30’s and 40’s are on the rise as well. This may be the first time you are hearing about colorectal cancer affecting more and more young adults than ever before, but this is something that has been trending in the cancer and medical community over the past few years and is becoming ever more prevalent as we speak.

Even more scary is that by the time that most of these young adults get diagnosed with the disease, it is already at stage 4.

It is thought to be a trend because of two factors:

  1. Young adults are not thinking about colorectal cancer so they are not getting checked. Colonoscopies are not even suggested until we are 45 or 50 years old.
  2. As young adults, we have been raised in a fast food and precessed food world. As a result, we have also seen a rise in obesity. The foods that we eat can directly be linked to this specific disease and if you don’t believe me, just start doing a little research on the rise of colorectal cancer in young adults.

“Young patients are 58% more likely than older patients to be diagnosed with distant- vs localized-stage [colorectal cancer], largely due to delayed follow-up of symptoms, sometimes for years, because cancer is typically not on the radar of young adults or their providers,” the study authors wrote.

“We are seeing a shift already,” John L. Marshall, MD, told The ASCO Post in this article in 2017. “This isn’t the first article to support this finding, and I do think there is an increased awareness. But it takes time for these things to penetrate, and so the hope is that the more we beat the drum, the more people will recognize it.” Dr. Marshall is Director, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, and Chief, Hematology and Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Well the time is now as colorectal cancer has penetrated enough… or should I say that we have allowed the penetration of the root contributors to this disease into our bodies?

We Are What We Consume!

This article may alarm you if you are a young adult in your 20’s – 40’s whether you are color blind or not. Colorectal Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, but it is also is linked to what we put into our bodies. From animal products to processed foods… from bottled water to alcohol… we can create an environment that promotes inflammation and disease, or we can create and environment that promotes health and wellness. It can really be that simple and the good news is that you can make a huge difference for yourself and your future if you start making changes before disease forces you to make them.

I am living proof of this, and while there is no cure for this disease, I have also become a living testimony of how you can beat, or even avoid this disease, by focusing on putting the right things in your body. There is so much information out there that supports so many different philosophies on this subject and it can become very daunting to try to sift through it all. I know because I am a warrior that has been fighting for my life against this disease for two years and I have been doing it with western medicine  and my holistic approach that I have been refining daily every step of the way.

I have done the research and have been testing out what I have been finding and my results have been fantastic. I am currently cancer free and thriving. I am on a mission to help as many people as I can avoid or fight this disease and even get healthier while doing it. If you would like to learn more about what I have done with my nutrition and holistic regiments please feel free to contact me at gary@heyerpower.net or you can learn ore right now by visiting me at www.HeyerPower.net.

Here is a podcast I did with my wife. We talk about the discovery of cancer and the timing of how everything went down. Color Blindness is not just a condition to poke fun any longer… we must take this subject very seriously and create as much awareness as we can. You can help by sharing this article on your social media or within your network right now.

If you know someone that is color blind, please share this article. You may just save a life!

 

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