Over the years I have come to know many of you personally and have appreciated the level of trust invested in OvCa.net. Some have thought the site was the product of a larger organization or company, still others thought it was run by a non-profit or other group. In the years its inception in 2000, it provided an active, safe haven for many to share their struggles, fears, hopes, and support.
Sadly, with the loss of key community members, came new members – new members to a group no one should have ever become a part of – the group intimately acquainted with ovarian cancer. OvCa.net was there to provide support for over 10 years. In 2012, however that changed in a way that wasn’t imagined and was certainly not the way it was hoped to be.
The truth is that for many of those 10 years, OvCa.net was primarily the work of one person. That person had come to the initial online discussion community and ended up staying on to help online for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). She met several national, regional and local coalition members and leaders, including Gail Hayward its founder. After Gail’s passing and several changes in direction, OvCa.net was formed by the originator of the forums and the current person behind OvCa.net to continue the online forum (and other aspects) which provided support to many.
Over the years, several designs were prepared with the hope of extending the community beyond its original forum format. Addition of login security to reduce spamming and other features were on the list of needed “to do”s. Unfortunately, an untimely change in hosting support combined with a remote move for work resulted in OvCa.net being unavailable. The hope was to make the necessary updates, then reopen the site as soon as possible. But for this one person, there simply weren’t enough hours in the day. While she tried to hire a former developer colleague, that colleague too was already fully contracted. Since then, OvCa.net has remained silent.
If you know that someone or are that someone, please let me know.
It is time for the rebirth to begin…