Thursday’s Child by Liz McCue to be launched at WHAT

Thursday’s Child – Stories of survival from a feisty renal warrior, the autobiography of renal dialysis patient Liz McCue, will be officially launched by Dr Sean Leavey at Waterford Healing Arts Trust on Thursday 8 June at 6pm. All are welcome to attend the launch.  

Self-confessed renal warrior Liz McCue has come a long way. imag4079-crop

Through 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, in Thursday’s Child she describes with tremendous heart, searing honesty and great humour the challenges of a life marked with ill-health and family heartache.

Announcing details of the launch, Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), said “We are truly delighted to celebrate the launch of Liz McCue’s memoir Thursday’s Child.  Liz has put her heart and soul into this book and it’s a terrific read and a tremendous achievement.  We’re very proud that it has come about through our 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 who are keen to provide positive, creative and diversional activities for their patients.  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.  We are really thrilled for her and wish her every success”.

Dr Sean Leavey, Consultant Nephrologist at University Hospital Waterford, who will officially launch Thursday’s Child, added “Courage, generosity, resilience, honesty and blossoming creativity are qualities which leap to mind when I think of Liz McCue.  Personally, I have come to know Liz in the context of her approach to life with chronic kidney disease and our physician-patient partnership.  A physician weighs heavily the effort involved in exploring the gaps between symptoms and the possible realities of underlying disease.  A small endeavour indeed, when compared to that of a writer searching truths as they explore the gaps between expectations, beliefs, perceptions and the reality of lived experiences.  In her memoir, Liz provides the reader a chance to view the richly coloured canvas with which she has filled this space on her own remarkable journey.  Thursday’s Child is Liz’s Magnum Opus, a magnificent achievement!”

Liz McCue says that writing this book has been a dream come true for her: “I aspired to be a writer of sorts from a young age and I am grateful to the many people who helped me in whatever way they could: The Sisters of Cluny in Chapelizod, Dublin for their encouragement when I was very young, Brenda and all the staff at the Renal Dialysis Unit at University Hospital Waterford, the team at Waterford Healing Arts Trust and especially artist Philip Cullen, who pushed and cajoled me every step of the way.  Through this process, I have come to love and respect the feisty, confident, determined renal warrior that is now the new Lizzybits”.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings.  WHAT has been running an arts programme in the renal dialysis unit of UHW since 2007, supported by the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie

Thursday’s Child will be available to purchase at the launch and afterwards directly from Waterford Healing Arts Trust. what@hse.ie | 051 842664.  Price €10.00 (+postage, where applicable).