Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children. Unfortunately, she lived the rest of her life in poor health.
The woman wore blue and white and smiled at Bernadette before making the sign of the cross with a rosary of ivory and gold.
Bernadette fell to her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray.
Bernadette asked again, three more times, and finally the woman said, "I am the Immaculate Conception." Though many townspeople believed she had indeed been seeing the Holy Virgin, Bernadette's story created a division in her town.
Many believed she was telling the truth, while others believed she had a mental illness and demanded she be put in a mental asylum.
Following the miracles and constructions, Bernadette decided she did not like the attention she was getting and went to the hospice school run by the Sisters of Charity of Nevers, where she was taught to read and write.