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Dupuytren contracture. A slow progressive contracture of the palmar fascia causing flexion of the 4 & 5th fingers; results from inherited autosomal dominant trait; occurs most often in men >50 yo, of Scandinavian or Celtic descent, and is associated c diabetes, gout, arthritis & alcoholism
Artist Holly Irwin. Rheumatoid arthritis caused her to give up her marketing career. She discovered her artistic side again and keeps painting after 8 hand surgeries and 4 foot surgeries to fuse her joints and replace her knuckles. "When I'm painting, I'm not thinking about the pain."