Munrith has reason to smile
Teenager Munrith Singh tries to focus on the positive things in life.
Now thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation the 17-year-old from Flat Bush has a few more to smile about.
Her new cross-trainer machine, exercycle and weight set would look more at home in a gym but Munrith’s wish was to bring the gym to her home – and that’s what she got.
She wanted the equipment to build strength and stamina because her condition makes her tire easily.
The foundation is a charity that grants wishes for children aged three to 18 with life-threatening illnesses.
It aims to provide memories of joy and laughter for children during an otherwise painful experience.
At 14, Munrith was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma, a benign brain tumour that was affecting the pituitary gland near her brainstem.
She had two operations to remove the tumour and install a tube to drain excess fluid from her brain to her stomach and she also underwent a course of radiation.
Pains and headaches are a constant companion and the severity of it is unpredictable. But Munrith says there are many others worse off.
“When you go into hospital and see children younger than you and some not as lucky as you, you tend to pick up the positives rather than the negatives and that’s what keeps you going.”
Munrith has learnt to take it all in her stride and she hopes her new home gym will help her get over the lingering effects of her condition.
“It’s really hard to pick your wish, you have to pick the best one. So I thought of what would be good for me in terms of how I could improve my health.”
She says the only exercise she gets is taking her dog Jocko for a walk and winter might make that more difficult.
After three years of home schooling after her operation in 2004 she is now taking foundation studies at university and wants to give it everything.
“I tend to tire really quickly. When I started university I was really tired but after a while it got better. I want to start building up my stamina and that will make me feel healthier.”