At the age of six months, Dima was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia. Since then, there has been a constant struggle to live a normal life. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Dima’s life often revolves around pain, hospital visits, and blood transfusions.
During her college years, she found it very difficult dealing with the lack of Sickle Cell Awareness that was evident in her School. Due to the lack of information that many people have about Sickle Cell Anemia, Dima found herself struggling to maintain her health while meeting her academic expectations.
In the face adversity, Dima decided to compete in the Miss Black Massachusetts Pageant system and WON! During her reign she was an advocate for The Heart Truth Campaign, The American Heart and Stroke Association and a board member for the Greater Boston Sickle Cell Association.