CHARLOTTE, N.C.— You can’t miss it. Pink. It’s everywhere. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Charlotte is embracing the month, with thousands reaching out to those who are fighting breast cancer and those who are survivors.
“This is when we found out, and I knew my hair was going to fall out,” said cancer survivor Anna Strassner, as she looked at a picture of her and her daughter, Peri.
Strassner can rock short hair like no one else. But still, the thought of losing her long hair was tough.
“I was sitting at my desk and handfuls were falling out, and I said, ‘Oh no.’”
Strassner was a kindergarten teacher, is now an educational supplies salesperson and will always be a survivor.
“The blessings of cancer are countless,” she said.
It hasn’t been a year since Strassner found a lump during a self exam. Doctors confirmed it was Stage 2 and invasive. Immediately, her sons shaved their heads in honor of their mom. Her friends threw a party when she had to shave her head.
“It was probably one of the best parties I’ve ever been to. They know how to make cancer fun,” she laughed.
Now, as Charlotte turns “pink” for October, people like Strassner are reminded they are loved. There are pink flags at Park Road Shopping Center, pink water in the fountains at SouthPark Mall and pink ribbons on mailboxes in neighborhood after neighborhood.
What does it mean to Strassner?
“I’ve said it so many times, but it is so tremendously overwhelming,” she added. “It’s very personal. The whole experience is really personal. And I feel like every time I see a person wear pink or have a pink ribbon, it’s being done for me.”