Therese was born on January 2, 1873 in Alencon France to her father Louis, who was a watchmaker, and her mother, Zelie, who was a lace maker. She was the youngest of 9 siblings but only 5 made it to adulthood. When Therese was only 4 years old her mother died of breast cancer which left her very sad and depressed for a couple years, but then something happened that changed her life forever. At 10 years old she got very ill and started experiencing symptoms like comas, hallucinations, and trembling, all of the doctors were baffled on what to do. Then on May 13, 1883 Therese was suddenly cured. Her sisters had come in and started to pray to the statue of Mary, Therese turned to pray to, then her face calmed and she was cured, Therese had seen a vision of the Virgin Mary herself, it lasted about 5 minutes, it was a miracle. Therese is the patron Saint of illness, she is also the patron of loss of parents. One of Therese's symbols is florists because of her love of flowers, she saw herself as the "little flower of Jesus"