Pelizaeus Merzbacher http://ripr.org en This I Believe RI: Coping With Challenges http://ripr.org/post/i-believe-ri-coping-challenges <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none; ">What life doesn’t have its share of struggles? &nbsp;Some are bigger than others, of course, but surely we’ve all known some measure of disappointment, loss, and sorrow. &nbsp;As the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus said, “You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” &nbsp;For Francisco Oller, what matters most in life is how we cope with the challenges that come our way.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-auto; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none; ">Francisco Oller is 19 years old and was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus Merzbacher. &nbsp;Oller was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until enrolling at Providence College, where he is currently a student. &nbsp;Oller says that his disability has made him a determined, courageous, and very resilient person.</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:02:37 +0000 Francisco Oller 13714 at http://ripr.org