Ok, so I went into the wall and found where the multi colored cable was connected. Only three of the colored wires were being used and the other three were just wrapped back around the covered grouping of wires. The colored wires were connected to one black wire coming off the top screw of the switch. I discovered that the other black and white wire were coming to the switch to bring it power i'm assuming since it is the old type of wiring used throughout the house. So now I am going to take out the colored wire completely. What do I need to buy and do now to connect my light back to the black wire which I assume is the hot wire.
you need to know the size of the cable 12-2 or 14-2 if you are going to just turn the light & fan on off at the switch, then if there is power coming into the switch box from the breaker panel. twist the white wires together, add wire nut, then the black from the power would go on one side of the switch then the wire from the fan would go to the other screw. you should be good to go.