[Editor’s Note: In 2009, shortly after marrying her (first and only) husband, Paolo, Elizabeth Heath was diagnosed with premature menopause and resulting infertility. Paolo and Liz are now parents to a baby girl, Naomi. In this series, Liz recounts the couple’s struggle with infertility, and how they finally achieved a successful pregnancy and parenthood.] PART 2: WANKING AT STRAWS Following the news from the reproductive endocrinologist (RE) that a natural pregnancy was an extreme long shot for me, I needed a short time to lick my wounds. My fiancé Paolo, still in Italy, offered plenty of reassurance that we would find some way to have a baby and if not, patienza. That literally translates to patience but for Italians, is more a way of saying: What can you do?—his way of saying: If it happens, it happens; if not, okay.