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Thursday’s Child

Date posted: 9 June 2017

Image shown: The launch of 'Thursday’s Child' by Liz McCue at Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 8 June with (l-r) Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director, Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Dr Sean Leavey, Consultant Nephrologist, University Hospital Waterford, author Liz McCue and artist Philip Cullen.

Renal dialysis patient Liz McCue was described as ‘a pioneer in the work she has done’ by Dr Sean Leavey, Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Waterford, as he officially launched her autobiography Thursday’s Child – Stories of survival from a feisty renal warrior, at Waterford Healing Arts Trust on 8 June 2017.  

Liz McCue has spent the last two years writing her memoirs in which she describes her early days growing up in Dublin in the shadow of the Guinness-owned Knockmaroon Estate, her turbulent teenage years in England and her later life back in Ireland, living with chronic kidney disease. Dr Leavey spoke warmly of Liz, who has been his patient for many years: ‘Her tale can be sad and heartbreaking at times, but her kindness shines through. She tells wonderful tales with wit and humour, and with great honesty and understanding, making little of her own illness.  This book doesn’t pull any punches – It’s compelling for anyone to read.’

Thursday’s Child came about through WHAT’s arts programme in the dialysis unit of University Hospital Waterford, which involves artists working in the unit, engaging patients in creating art. The programme is funded by the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund and is supported by the staff members on the unit. Liz was supported through the process of writing Thursday’s Child by artist Philip Cullen, who she has worked closely with on a number of projects.

Publishing Thursday’s Child was ‘a dream come true’ for Liz McCue: It was tough, but I kept going. I’m not a defeatist – I have so much more to do – and I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to make this happen: Philip Cullen, Brenda and all the staff at the renal dialysis unit, and Waterford Healing Arts Trust …Through this process, I have come to love and respect the feisty, confident, determined renal warrior that is now the new Lizzybits.’

Thursday’s Child is available to purchase for €10.00 from the Waterford Healing Arts Trust. Email what@hse.ie or phone 051 842664.


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