How to Use OVdialogue

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edited August 2017 in New Here? Read this First


Do I need to create an account?

  • The posts on OVdialogue are public, so you do not need an account to read discussions. However, to participate and interact with members of OVdialogue you will need to register and sign in with an account.
  • Registering also enables you to see the activities and profiles of other members.
  • Register here and you will receive an email with a link that you must click to validate your address.

What about privacy?

  • Your username is how you will be identified on OVdialogue, publicly and to other members. Protect your identity by selecting an alias as your username.
  • For your username, you can use letters, numbers or a combination of both.
  • Rest assured that your name, email address and province/territory will be hidden entirely.
  • For further details, read our Privacy Policy.

Can I change my username?

  • Please choose your username carefully as it can only be changed by contacting a moderator.
  • Changing your username will break links in @ mentions tagging your previous username. As a result, members seeking to connect with you based on these tagged posts would be unable to find you as easily.
  • If you require assistance, please email or call 1 877 413-7970.

How do I recover my username or password?

  • Click “Sign in” and press “Forgot” when you are prompted for your username and password.
  • For further assistance, or if you cannot remember the email address attached to your OVdialogue account, please email or call 1 877 413-7970.

How do I change my account information?

  • You can make changes to your account profile at any time. Go to the wheel icon above the main menu and click “Edit profile.” From here you will be able to make changes as you wish. Additional details, such as your notification preferences, password and profile photo, can be edited in the sidebar. Mobile users may have to scroll down a bit.

How do I change my profile picture?

Profile pictures are public. If you wish to protect your identity, do not use a photo of yourself.
Go to the wheel icon above the main menu and click “Edit profile.” From here, press “Change my picture,” which will be in the sidebar if you are on a desktop or towards to bottom of the page if you are using a mobile device. Click “Upload new picture” and make your selection. Please note that square photos work best.

How do I complete the “My story” section of my profile?
  • The “My story” section of your profile is an opportunity to share a bit about yourself.
  • As part of your profile, “My Story” can only be seen by other members.
  • Consider including what you would like to say to others living with ovarian cancer.


How do I start a new discussion?

  • Press “New discussion” on the sidebar menu. You may have to scroll down a bit if you are using a mobile device.
  • Make the discussion title as descriptive as possible to let people know what your post is about. This will inspire interest from other members, as well as help search engines find your post and bring more people into the discussion.
  • Choose an appropriate category, either one with a relevant category name or one where similar posts are often made.
  • Ask for responses if you are looking for them. If you’d like others to comment, invite them to do so. One way to do this is by ending your post with a question.
  • You will receive a notification if someone comments on your discussion in accordance with your notification preferences. Be sure to check your preferences to be kept informed of activity.

How do I help others to get the most from my posts?

  • Proofread your posts to prevent typos and errors that can get in the way of people understanding your message. This is particularly important when auto-correct is enabled on a mobile device.
  • Formatting can make your posts visually interesting. Use the icons in the format bar to assist with layout or to add files and emoticons. But remember, sometimes less is more. Avoid over formatting to keep users focused on your message.

Can I use content from social media?

  • Absolutely. To embed a YouTube video, Pinterest pin or Tweet, simply cut and paste a link and OVdialogue will embed it for you.

How can I ensure specific members see my posts?

  • You can tag specific members when you see posts that would be of interest.
  • In the text field, type @ immediately followed by the username of the member you have in mind. There should be no spaces between @ and the username. A dropbox will appear for you to select the member you wish to mention.
  • You can do this for as many members as you wish, typing @ immediately before each username.
  • The members you’ve tagged will receive notifications in accordance with the notification preferences they’ve selected.
  • The tags will also become clickable to enable other members to see related profiles, and potentially reach out.

How do I send a member a private message?

  • Open sharing is encouraged on OVdialogue. However, if there is a private matter, you can send a direct message to one or several members. Moderators can be included, if necessary.
  • Above the main menu, click the mailbox icon and select “New message.” From there, start typing usernames in the Recipients field.
  • If there is just one member you wish to contact, you can go to their profile page and click “Message.”

Where are my drafts?

  • Drafts are automatically saved and can be accessed here.

How do I edit or delete something that has already been posted?

  • Once a post is published, OVdialogue only allows 15 minutes for edits. Beyond this time, you must contact a moderator to have something deleted.


What is a bookmark?

  • Bookmarks are used to mark discussions for future reference.
  • If you find a discussion particularly helpful, you can use a bookmark to easily return to the discussion at any time.

How do I use bookmarks?

  • To the top right of every discussion title, you will find a star icon. Press the icon to bookmark the discussion.
  • Access your bookmarked discussions by clicking on the star icon above the main menu.
  • Remove a discussion from your bookmarks by clicking the star icon of a bookmarked discussion.
  • If someone comments on one of your bookmarked discussions, you will receive a notification in accordance with the notification preferences you’ve selected.


If you have additional questions about OVdialogue, please email or call 1 877 413-7970.


  • Where can I find the My Story section in my profile?
  • Hi Karen.  You should find it just under the box where you enter your last name.
  • Thank you for the helpful tips. So pleased this resource is almost ready to launch!
  • I like the read here first tags - is there any way to move them to the top of the page and "paste" them there?
  • Thanks for all the comments and suggestions!
  • Thanks for this wonderful site! I look forward to this being a great place to connect with others who have experienced the same anxieties, treatments and emotions. Together we can help each other get stronger and face the challenges that this disease has thrown into our lives.
  • Thanks for this wonderful site! I look forward to this being a great place to connect with others who have experienced the same anxieties, treatments and emotions. Together we can help each other get stronger and face the challenges that this disease has thrown into our lives.
  • Where and how can I access the profiles and stories of the members.

  • Hi @meganG.  All you have to do is click on their username and you will see their profile.  If you don't see their story it means they have not completed that section.  You could look at the Introduce Yourself discussion and see what they wrote there.
  • Hi, I live in a small town in BC. In March 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage 3C high serous carcinoma. For six months before my diagnosis  I knew something was not right.(Lots of bloating and my whole digestive system was not working well.)Three months before my diagnosis I went to my doctor at Christmastime  with my symptoms and the thought then was that it was a bowel problem as an ultra sound showed nothing but while I was waiting for an appointment for a colonoscopy I started to feel really uncomfortable and ill in mid-February. Went back to the doctor and had an ultrasound which showed fluid (acites) in my abdomen.Within a week I had a CT scan, bloodwork (CA125 was 8,000), saw an oncologist and began treatment with Paclitaxel and Carboplatin. After three rounds (monthly) I had debulking surgery in Vancouver and all reproductive organs removed followed by a slightly different regime back home (weekly for 3 months, same drugs). By the end of August my CA125 count was down to 257 - an unbelievable decrease from 8,000. In late fall I started to feel that my cancer had recurred because I had the same symptoms. The CA125 had gone back up to 3,000+. In the ten days between the recurrence diagnosis and the start of treatment in December it went up another 2,000. I am now on Caelyx and Avastin. I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of the excellent care I get locally at the Oncology Unit, my experienced oncologist, my family doctor, the excellent surgeon in Vancouver, and the BC Cancer Agency, while knowing that all this treatment, including the Avastin, is free. My family and friends have been just amazing and we have just finished celebrating a great  white Christmas.  I am resolutely optimistic and enjoy each day and I do at least one thing for myself and also think of one thing that I can appreciate no matter how small. Wishing you all the best possible outcome for the coming year.
  • Hello @guinsal ; - welcome to the site and thank you for sharing your story. Hope you are feeling well and yes, it really helps to have support and I hope you will find it here as well. Thank you ... I like that new year's wish you mentioned there for all of us...... " the best possible outcome for the coming year".
  • Thank you Flowergirl. I am very fortunate in that I have never been in any pain, mostly just discomfort - bloating and side effects from chemo which, over the five months of treatment, I learned to watch for and manage myself with help from the oncology team.
    In BC we can register online to get our lab reports within a day and CT scan results in a week so there is no agonizing wait. In fact it's helpful for the next appointment with my oncologist. I go in with another set of questions and have had time to think about my results. This week I have appointments with my family doctor, my oncologist, the oncology unit for an infusion, and a comprehensive blood and urine test at our local Lab. Sooooo - back in the medical bubble again!
  • Hi @guinsal - that sure is a good option to register for your lab reports - hope it will make the way to the other provinces! Wishing you a smooth process for the upcoming appointments.
  • Can you let me know how I unsubscribe and delete my account?  I couldn't find this in account settings.

  • @NighthawkSharon I am checking and will get back to you asap. 

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