Humans of the Wheatbelt - Mark Munro

Humans of the Wheatbelt is an initiative by the Wheatbelt Health Network.

Humans of the Wheatbelt is an initiative by the Wheatbelt Health Network.

I come out to the wheatbelt every month I also travel as south and as far as Broome.

I love the greenery and views of the wheatbelt.

My retirement plan is to retire in the country.

My wife says she wants a two-bedroom apartment by the sea and I think we will probably have to end up with a bit of each.

I want 5 acres and not to be able to see another car.

I started off training as a registered nurse which is not as common for a man.

I specialised in oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplants then I moved into working as a Pharmaceutical representative with Roche products.

Some say I sold my sole but I actually see myself as a education resource.

Doctors are busy.

There are 20 million medical articles published every year and ill summaries them for the GPs - I want to be an asset.

After a year I became hospital specialist representative.

I did that for two years until I met my wife who was also working for Roche.

I fell in love and moved across to Perth to get married to her.

She was a bit surprised at that.

Then I got into the information technology industry and I spent 13 years enjoying that.

My wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after we were married so I had to find a way of generating an income.

I supported her in doing all the cooking so I am now a total gun ho in the kitchen.

My wife is doing well.

She has always gone from the tail end of the best therapy she was on when it started to stop working straight onto the next best one.

And being in the industry she was always able to get bit of a horizon view of what was coming.

So six months before a drug became available in Australia she was able to get onto it.

And whereas normally having an MS attack for her was like falling off a cliff and then climbing out over the next three to four months her latest attack was like stepping off a curb.

The thing I found though is that being a nurse I was always able to communicate with the doctors about what the patients had going on.

And I was able to communicate with the patients about what the doctors just said in medical jargon.

I was in that go between place where I was the problem solver.

Most people in the IT industry wore black, ate pop tarts and weren't able to talk with people.

When I go into practices, I find out their medical problems and I end up solving their IT issues!

I am also qualified as a network engineer so having the medical and that technical side helps.

I have a son who is tuning 21 in December and my daughter is 16 going on 24.

They have stopped being so cute.

My daughter is going straight from here to a nunnery in Italy.

She doesn't date yet - she once came home from school when she was 12 and said 'daddy a boy at school wants me to go out and be his girlfriend'.

I said what does that entail and we talked about her going on movie dates and I said 'well I would have to pay for that because he hasn't got a job ... I said would you envisage it leading to marriage or is it temporary...

I suggested she just wait until you turns 16.

So she went to school and told all of the boys she was off limit's.

Now that she is 16 and she has seen all of her friends go through this absolute messy emotional time with boys - she is grateful that I saved her from that trauma.

She is now more interested in so she has a level head.

My son, Mathew is so much like my wife.

He is sensitive, caring and every girl that meets him wants to marry him.

He met a girl who is American and has gone back to America they have already talked about marriage at 20.

It happens when it happens.

The best moment is my life has been my marriage, birth of my children and my wife's diagnosis.

I know it's a funny thing to say but after the diagnoses suddenly these problems she had had for six or seven years made sense.

The neurologist said of all the brain disorders this was the best one you can have.

And I think having that perspective of what we know now - we can move forward not just tread water.

Most of my worst moments of my life I have turned into teaching lessons for me.

I didn't leave home, home left me I came home one day and my dad said I have been transferred and I need to find somewhere to live.

It turned out a way for me to go wow I can be do this on my own and I can be self-reliant and I am responsible.

I had a car roll over that wasn't too thrilling.

I try to get perspective like I said first world problem, as bad as you think life is for you it's not it will get better

.I really do cherish the time I spent growing up in Kalgoorlie.

It really is a rough town.

A large itinerant population.

I had so many fights there that weren't my initiating, just people like to prove themselves, I think alcohol has a lot to play in that.

I enjoyed my schooling I was a prefect at Eastern Goldfields Senior High School.

I graduated at a time when it was the lowest TEE ranking in the state was Kalgoorlie.

That didn't stop me, they had the lowest ranking on average not individual people.

My advice is don't be scared, you can't live your life in fear, grab it no matter how bad it gets, it will always get better and give it a go.

Human - Mark Munro

Interviewer & Photographer - Anna Cornish