Dupuytren’s Contracture

Finger curled to over 90 degrees

Finger curled to over 90 degrees

Bandaged hand day of injection

Bandaged hand day of injection

Skin tore where finger had been bent

Skin tore where finger had been bent

I have full function of hand!

I have full function of hand!

I suffered from Dupuytren’s Contracture for over ten years. I noticed knots forming in the palm of my hand in 2003. I am in real estate, and I was showing some waterfront property to a doctor from Florida. (I live in Eastern NC). As we were riding between properties, I mentioned the knots in the palm of my hand. He took a look. “Aha,” he said. “You have Dupuytren’s disease.” I had never heard of it.

He told me that my finger would gradually start curling, and his advice was to avoid surgery unless it was absolutely necessary. Xiaflex was not available at that time. Over the years, the curling of my finger became more and more pronounced.

I started writing a novel about a hand surgeon who had decided to become a doctor because of his dad’s “bum fingers,” as he called them. This doctor eventually suffers from it himself, and becomes an authorized physician for administering Xiaflex. He also hears of a “miraculous cure” discovered by an indigenous tribe in the jungles of Peru. There’s where things go wrong! You can download the book on Amazon.com. Click HERE to order.

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