Color Me Honest

As some of you know, I am very open about my life, but I have been hiding something that I need to share now.

For years I have lived with color blindness. Yes, color blindness. I know how shocking this is, especially since I never mentioned it in my book or on my blog. It has been hard living with this problem. I often have to get my wife’s help so my clothes match, or I lie about how pretty some colors are.

Now I’m not totally color blind. I have what is called Deuteranomaly. Five out of a hundred males have it. A deuteranomalous person is considered “green weak”. (Which can account for some of the shame and stigma attached to this horrible affliction). I am poor at discriminating small differences in hues in the red, orange, yellow, green region of the spectrum. And I make errors in the naming of hues in this region because they appear somewhat shifted towards red for me.

It has been hard living with this infliction, and even harder because of hiding it for so long, but I feel better now for finally being honest about this and sharing it.

I hope this will help others, who like me at one time, have lived with color blindness but were afraid to talk about it.

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