Saint Teresa of Avila lived an ordinary childhood though she was convinced that she was a horrible sinner. When she was a teenager, all she cared about were worldly and non-Godly things. When she was 16, her mother sent her to a convent. At first she hated it, but soon began to enjoy it. Once she was there for awhile, she grew ill with malaria. She then had a seizure and then was paralyzed for three years. Saint Teresa wrote some books in her life and herself and her relationship with God. She died on October 4, 1582 from being ill.