When it comes to cancer, Jim Hurt’s story is unusual.

It didn’t start with a lump, a color-changing mole, a blinding headache or any other tell-tale symptom.

“My wife informed me that I had a swollen eye,” he said. “And it kept watering.”

“Your left one was bulging,” Marilyn Hurt said.

Thinking he had just a cold in his eye, he didn’t let it get in his way. Although retired, Hurt, who was 58 at the time, kept himself busy by doing consulting work.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.