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 officially launched 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 on the effort involved in exploring the gaps between symptoms and the possible realities of the 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!”