RoseRock has gathered together a team of caregivers, under the supervision of a certified oncology nurse, who specialize in caring for people with advanced cancer. The Tulsa World recently focused its light on this unique team.
“Today’s not too bad,” Dorothy Gray said.
In a wheelchair at her kitchen table alongside Rick Miller, she sat and chatted softly about her late husband, Hugh Gray, who was in the military. She also talked about where she grew up, how many grandkids she had and, eventually, her lung cancer.
Having been diagnosed 2 1/2 years before, Gray had undergone nearly 50 rounds of radiation, as well as the CyberKnife treatment. But she had to enter hospice Oct. 14, 2011.
A few days after we met her, Gray passed away.
It’s a loss that Miller, director of oncology services for local hospice provider RoseRock Healthcare, has to face on a daily basis. He has to do so while maintaining a balance between professionalism and compassion – which isn’t the easiest task when dealing with one of the hardest topics to broach.