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Herr Haag, the India Rubber Man. Performed in a sideshow to make a living. He had Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. And no, just because you know someone who has this syndrome does not make him/her or you a freak.

Believe your kids when they say they hurt. An accurate diagnosis is key to learning to cope with chronic illness.

Do you have fibromyalgia or another invisible illness or other chronic pain?? Please leave a comment or message me. I would like to hear from you. Thinking of making a new blog about my experiences and yours, too.

Little Tiny Man, from the Flickr photostream of Wonderfully Strange

I will not let that be the way I see myself....I will manage my pain with medicinal herbs, meditation, body work, and doing what i love every day! :-) ♥

A man with leprosy. Poor guy! :( **not an odd, but how terrible**

Technically called Hypertrichosis, Several circus side show performers in the 19th and early 20th centuries suffered from hypertrichosis. They were usually displayed as “freaks” and promoted as if they had distinct human and animal traits.