Prickly problems demand well-equipped problem solvers. I’m Josh Martin, and my experience with cancer taught me a lot about tackling adversity. Inspired by that journey, I created the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook. Here, you’ll find a collection of stories, inspiration and advice about getting through tough times — from broken legs and broken hearts to COVID quarantines, money troubles and more.

Local resources: Need a helping hand?

This edition of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook was made possible thanks to the generous support of these local sponsors. Explore their information below to learn about their services and how they can help you through whatever challenge you’re facing.

My passion is helping adults and teens journey through anxiety and fear to passion and purpose. I offer a gentle, compassionate and holistic approach that honours each person as a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual being. Learn more.

Every journey starts with a look in the mirror and accepting yourself in the space you are currently in. Start your journey with me and learn to nurture a healthier relationship with yourself so you can achieve balance and create a life you can be proud of. Learn more.

We are an existential, trauma-informed and spiritually integrated psychotherapy practice offering counselling services in-person and online. We are here to be with you and support you in your suffering, whether you are grieving a loss, experiencing a daunting life transition, questioning your relationships or identity, or grappling with life’s big questions. Learn more.

I am a counsellor with lived experience of chronic illness and practice working with people (and their loved ones) impacted by health challenges. My counselling style is warm, inclusive, and collaborative. I believe every person is unique and has strengths and resiliency to be explored and supported. Learn more.

Dr. Palfy began her career in corrections and noticed a disproportionate number of males in prison. As an RCMP, she specialized in sex crimes and learned males are victims too. Her doctorate research examined why males don’t commonly disclose abuse. She wrote Men Too: Unspoken Truths About Male Sexual Abuse. Learn more.

At Summit, we believe in therapy your way. We work with you to help you get to where you want to be. Our eclectic team specializes in different areas and see therapy as a team approach. We provide customized therapy to best fit each individual client. We offer in-office and online therapy. Learn more.

At Amethyst Therapy, we believe that it is possible to improve your mental health, experience healing, and feel more at peace. With the guidance of one of our counselling therapists, you will learn strategies for coping, dealing with unwanted thoughts and feelings, and improving your relationship with others and, importantly, yourself. Learn more.

At Connections Psychological Services we have a strong team of heart-centred clinicians with various areas of specialization. We enjoy helping people of all ages explore their attachment history and heal from difficult experiences. We offer individual therapy, support for couples and families, and group programs for people of all ages. Learn more.

Family Life Psychology serves the community with a passionate desire to support families with the hope of empowering a generation of healthy minded parents, future leaders and to equip the youth to thrive amidst everyday challenges. Learn more.

Anita Mittal is Registered Social Worker, Somatic Practitioner and Hypnotherapist with a private practice in Edmonton, Alberta. Her goal is to support individuals experiencing anxiety, body dis-ease and relationship discord with themselves and others, whether it’s present or inter-generationally. Learn more.

I am a Master’s level Counselling Therapist. I have over 20 years experience supporting individuals attending to their mental health, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, existential concerns and emotional well-being. My practice is collaborative, patient-centred and ethical. Together we will work towards increasing your quality of life and decreasing your suffering. Learn more.

I am a dynamic, vivacious and passionate Registered Psychologist who specializes in addiction and mental health issues for young adults and their family members. I’m fluent in Spanish and English and obsessed about helping individuals, couples and families recover from loss and painful events in their lives. Learn more.


Lessons learned from leukemia

More life lessons

Cancer reminded me that life is the greatest teacher of all. The following stories share obstacle-busting lessons from some of life’s other awesome and absurd moments — from sleeping in a barn to multiple run-ins with Bill Clinton’s bodyguards to nearly driving a car off a cliff.