St. Teresa is concerned about the health of her nuns, particularly the prioresses in Seville and Malagón. She writes to the prioress in Seville, "God is life, and he can give it. Always keep praying for this..."
On 16 February 1578 Saint Teresa wrote to Father Gracián about her arm, which she broke in a fall on Christmas Eve: "It is still swollen, as is also my hand, and covered with plaster..."
Saint Zélie Martin learns that her breast cancer has reached such an advanced stage that it is inoperable. She writes to her husband, "I'll go to Lourdes on the first pilgrimage, and I hope the Blessed Mother will cure me, if it's necessary. In the meantime let's stop worrying."