For over thirty years I worked as a PR & Communications Consultant in the creative and clinical industries until my career was put on hold when I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which affects just 15% of patients.
To keep my mind focused during treatment, I documented my journey day by day, adding my deepest fears and my greatest hopes, to create my book 'Tits Up - A Journey Laid Bare'. Purposely written in an easy to read, conversational style, I hope my book will help patients come to terms with their own treatment journey and stay focussed on the light at the end of the tunnel.
Prior to my diagnosis, I was writing a novel. The working title is Tapestry. It's pure fiction and wonderful to write. The work is very near completion, so I'm hoping to get moving on publication soon.
My book 'Tits Up - A Journey Laid Bare' was released on 28th May 2022 and launched on the 5th June at a small event in my home town of St Annes on sea in Lancashire. I'm delighted with the response to the book and I'm thrilled to have received some early reviews:
"Beautifully written, thought-provoking book. Painfully honest, amusing, Carole tears away the mystery of every woman's nightmare."
"Tits Up is such a beautifully raw and candid account, in which Carole Paterson delivers her inspiring story in a sensitive, informative, and profound manner. Finding the light in the darkest of situations yet still providing important and educational advice along the way. It is incredible how even in the scariest of times, Carole remains focused on helping others through the recount of her own experiences. It is at times emotional, at times humorous, but consistently inspirational.
"As a 21-year-old woman, I feel my generation is massively undereducated in subjects such as cancer and other serious diagnoses. I knew very little information regarding things such as self-checks, mammograms, and other cancer screening procedures. Tits Up destigmatises conversations surrounding cancer, especially as a woman, in which we are often made to feel as though discussions involving breast or cervical cancer are that of a taboo. After reading, I no longer shy away from conversations surrounding cancer as many of us do. I no longer opt for substitutions of the word cancer such as ÃÆÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢Ã¢â¬Å¡ÃÂ¬Ãâ¦Ã¢â¬Åthe big C" or a quiet whisper of the word. It is truly liberating and empowering as a woman to read such an honest and sincere story, that acts not just as an comforting and informative account to others but can act as a catalyst to spark the most important of conversations without shame."
"A heart rendering view into the world of breast cancer sufferers, Carole covers all aspects of her own personal experiences and how it affected her, her family and friends. Sensitively and honestly written and with few holds barred Carole offers an earthy insight into her personal handling of the disease from early diagnosis to final treatment and all the hurdles that it represented. The book is well written and is often funny, sometimes sad and offers a must read for those who want to fully understand the ups and downs of living with the Big C."
"I loved this wonderful book.. It's raw, honest, funny, moving and informative. It's gracious, thought provoking, concise and direct... Every page packs a punch. We are taken on this journey with the author and by the end you are completely absorbed in the roller-coaster of daily emotions! The reader gets a peek into the reality of what it means to be diagnosed with cancer and how important support is from partners, family and friends when your very fabric of life is challenged at every level. Tits Up humbled me, raised my consciousness and awareness of the value of life and reaffirmed the essence of what can make us Happy, Contented, Positive and Emotionally Valued. Thankyou for that Carole Patterson, I will treasure your words."