Pelizaeus Merzbacher

Local Features
10:02 am
Wed April 17, 2013

This I Believe RI: Coping With Challenges

What life doesn’t have its share of struggles?  Some are bigger than others, of course, but surely we’ve all known some measure of disappointment, loss, and sorrow.  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.”  For Francisco Oller, what matters most in life is how we cope with the challenges that come our way.

Francisco Oller is 19 years old and was born with a rare genetic disease called Pelizaeus Merzbacher.  Oller was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until enrolling at Providence College, where he is currently a student.  Oller says that his disability has made him a determined, courageous, and very resilient person.