“Pioneering” renal dialysis patient Liz McCue launches autobiography Thursday’s Child

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
to a packed house at Waterford Healing Arts Trust on Thursday 8 June. Thursday’s Child is available to purchase from Waterford Healing Arts Trust at University Hospital Waterford, price €10.

Claire Meaney (WHAT), Dr Sean Leavey, author Liz McCue and artist Philip Cullen.
Claire Meaney (WHAT), Dr Sean Leavey, author Liz McCue and artist Philip Cullen at the launch of Thursday’s Child.

Self-confessed renal warrior 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. Launching her “memorable, courageous book”, Dr Leavey spoke warmly of Liz McCue, who has been his patient for many years.  “Liz has been amazing: She is a pioneer in the work she has done and displays an amazing kindness and generosity to others”.  He went on to say “Thursday’s Child is a wonderful book which provides us with a chance to wonder in awe at the person who is Liz McCue.  She is a truly courageous person: 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.  Courage, kindness, honesty, forgiveness, healing, joy – it’s all there.  Congratulations, Liz, and ‘bon courage’ – This Thursday’s Child still has very far to go.”

Claire Meaney, Acting Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), added “Congratulations Liz on becoming a published author!  We are truly delighted to celebrate the launch of Thursday’s Child.  Liz has put her heart and soul into this book and it’s a terrific read and a tremendous achievement.  We are very grateful to the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund, which supports our arts programme in the renal dialysis unit at University Hospital Waterford, to Philip Cullen, who worked closely with Liz on this book, to the amazing staff of the unit, and to our funders the Arts Council.”

Liz McCue said that publishing Thursday’s Child is “a dream come true”, adding “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”.

WHAT has been running an arts programme in the renal dialysis unit of UHW since 2007, supported by the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.