27 Mar '14, 7pm

Story of hope: Rosalie Rifkin, Active Grandmother, Tarzana, California

Story of hope: Rosalie Rifkin, Active Grandmother, Tarzana, California

Support & Community » Stories of Hope Rosalie Rifkin, Active Grandmother from Tarzana, California I was diagnosed with MDS in about 2003 at age 63. I am now 72 years old and will be married 52 years in June. I have not taken medication for the last three years. I go to a wonderful doctor at UCLA who is doing research on MDS. I feel fine and I am not excessively tired. My hemoglobin is only 7.2, but my doctor says that if I feel alright, I don't need to take any medication. I get up early every morning and walk three to five miles. I play tennis, go clogging and hike. I also go to a gym several times a week and lift weights and take water exercise. In the summer, I swim 100 laps in my pool most days. I think my body has gotten used to my low hemoglobin count, and since I am a very positive person, everything is going great. I'd be happy to talk to anyone who has the disease...

Full article: http://www.aamds.org/patient-chronicles/rosalie-rifkin

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