Family House Diaries: Chuck and Brittany Pope: Drawn Closer Through Serious Illness

A young couple from Pitt County weathers a bad disease, an unexpected relapse and toxic treatments over a journey that has brought them closer after it earlier drove them apart.

The PopesWritten by Elizabeth Swaringen for UNC Health Care

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Serious illness can either splinter or solidify a couple’s relationship. Chuck and Brittany Pope of Grifton, N.C., have experienced both.  In that order.

Chuck, now 26, was diagnosed in March 2009 with a rare blood-borne cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) B-cell type when the Pope’s son, Mason, was seven months old.  Following a long course of maintenance therapy, Chuck was in remission until March 2011 when the disease relapsed in his central nervous system.

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