Troubador Tits Up

Released: 28/05/2022

ISBN: 9781803131795

eISBN: 9781803139470

Format: Paperback/eBook

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It only takes seconds for your life to change.

It’s said that everybody knows someone who is battling, or has battled, cancer. In a breathtakingly personal account, Tits Up is the story of how Carole Paterson underwent breast cancer treatment from start to finish. Carole was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, which affects just 15% of patients. To keep her mind focused during treatment, she documented her journey day by day, to create an easy to read commentary on life as a cancer patient. Focusing more on the personal side, the book is written with the sole purpose of reaching other cancer patients with the message: you are not alone.

Taking the reader by the hand, Carole leads us through every stage of her treatment: chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy, including a daily diary during chemotherapy to share thoughts and worries as she progressed. While it doesn't make light of the diagnosis, the book attempts to find light in the darkness where it can by sharing some of the humorous moments Carole experienced, as well as wedding preparations, shielding through the pandemic, and her focus on the future. In the firm belief that knowledge is power, Carole hopes to give the newly diagnosed a wealth of information that could help to make their journey a little easier to navigate. 

Companion, friend, advisor, shoulder, it's all of these and more. Intended to be a book that reaches into a nightmare and helps guide the way through, Tits Up is one that we hope we will never need, until we do. Brutally honest, and written with a blend of sensitivity and candour, Tits Up represents strength of spirit for both the author and the audience she is trying to reach.

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 “the 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."

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‘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 “the 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.

by Lilli Medlicott


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.

by Jeff Dean


Firstly i would like to congratulate Carole on getting her book published. Even at her darkest hour she found it within herself to document each stage of her journey to hopefully help others who are in a similar situation, which is amazing. Alot of us shy away from talking about the big ‘C’ but this book gives you a real insight of diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. It has taught me many things which i was unaware of and the importance of raising awareness. The affect it can have on friends, family and loved ones!

Before reading ‘TITS UP’ i knew it was important to check yourself but honestly i never did not until this. I think when someone close to you gets diagnosed with any illness it makes you more aware.

‘Tits Up’ provides an honest and sincere account of Carole’s breast cancer journey without it being too frightening.I found ‘Tits Up’ extremely educational as i had never heard of triple negative breast cancer before, or even the fact that it affects around 15% of patients. Another thing i learnt is the fact you have to be aware of the food you eat, toiletries you use and the affects it can have on your teeth and nails. This actually stunned me, i did not realise there were so many other factors to consider.

I found it emotional to read at times and I did shed many tears but I also found myself laughing out loud too. Carole is amazing, truely inspiring and brave, and she should be so proud of sharing her experience with the world. It has really given me the push to check myself more and if you feel there is something not quite right to seek medical advice and be persistent. Cancer can affect anyone of all ages and even though it is daunting it is better to catch it early to give you the best possible outcome.
Knowledge is Power! Keep checking! Keep talking and Keep supporting!

by Kerry Thirlaway


This book is so well written & from the heart .I found it compelling reading poignant but written light heartedly .There are lots of useful tips for people going through cancer treatment & makes you realise how much it affects all the family Well done Carole Paterson I look forward to reading more of your books in the near future

by Kath Boyle


Carole Paterson

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.


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