My Beautiful Babushka | Bianna Golodryga

February 5, 2015 4:43 PM

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By now we all know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in this country. Every 60 seconds, someone in the US dies from a heart disease related illness. As depressing as that statistic is, there are some encouraging facts as well. More and more women suffering from heart disease and heart attacks are surviving and thriving, well into their golden years. One of them happens to be one of my favorite women in the world -- my beautiful Grandmother Betia. Or as I simply call her "Babushka." She is the rock that holds our family together -- having immigrated to the US, settling in New York, in 1991. Though I did not spend much of my childhood with her (My parents and I immigrated 11 years earlier), we always shared a bond, even thousands of miles apart.

So when I moved to New York in 2001 to pursue my career...I jumped at the opportunity to spend more time with her. For the next 8 years, I would spend virtually every weekend at the Brooklyn apartment she shared with my aunt, uncle and cousin, eating her delicious Russian food, watching movies, and ...

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