Joseph Merrick had not always been known as the Elephant Man. When he was about two years old, his skin changed and lumps began to form. He could no longer use facial expressions and his limbs became swollen. It was difficult to work as an adult since others were afraid of him. He joined a traveling show to make money, but was soon abandoned far from home. After finding his way back to England, he contacted a friendly doctor who provided a home for him in the London Hospital. Here he lived out his life among friends.