The Hamilton Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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.

everwell offers virtual counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples across Ontario. Our licensed therapists provide comfortable, professional and affordable support to help you find the meaning, purpose and healing you are looking for. We offer a free 30-minute consultation to anyone considering therapy and we will help match you with a therapist that is just right for you! Visit our website to learn more or call 905-527-6337.


We are a caring, professional team of registered psychotherapists and social workers. Dedicated to helping you and your family. To safeguard and maintain mental health. Find strength. Cope with anxiety. Process grief. Relieve trauma. Enhance relationships. Meeting you where you are. Online or in-person. Learn more.


Restoration Mental Health Agency provides a safe space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and actions. We are trained in individual, couples, or family therapy to aid you in your journey toward the restoration of your true self. We have a variety of services and a sliding scale is available. Visit our website to learn more.


Do you feel stuck? Do you experience grief, anger, or sadness? Are you having a tough time dealing with the medical system? During challenging times, some may find it hard to stay connected, or want support around communicating. If life is challenging and you are in need of support, I invite you to reach out to me. I am an individual, family, and couples therapist with over a decade of experience. Learn more.


We provide professional counselling services and therapeutic support for individuals, couples, and families who want guidance navigating through difficult issues or events. From infertility, perinatal mental health, to chronic or terminal illness, grief, anxiety, and depression, we are here to provide the tools needed to cope so you can move forward with confidence and build resiliency. Learn more.


I provide virtual therapy sessions offering one-on-one or family guidance for healing and rejuvenation. No matter whether you or a loved one is struggling with illness, emotions or relationships, my experience, compassion and understanding, along with unconditional love, will help you to view life with a fresh and enlightened perspective. Learn more.


I co-create an empathetic, curious and non-judgmental space to provide Somatic Relational Psychotherapy, Trauma and Sex Therapy to a diverse client population experiencing a wide range of life circumstances and difficulties. Please get in touch to see if we would be a good fit to work together! Learn more.


As a social worker that practices psychotherapy, I use an integrated framework grounded in trauma and social justice-informed care. I draw from the fields of energy psychology, shamanic energy medicine, emotion-focused therapy and mindful self-compassion to help build connectedness, compassion, and a sense of purpose for the people with whom I consult. Learn more.


I offer safe, sincere, supportive, and down-to-earth counselling for individuals, couples and families. My specialties include anxiety, depression, stress, transitions, grief, relationship conflicts, and parenting. There is rarely one issue, and it takes courage to ask for help. I can help you become more aware of unhelpful patterns and provide tools to better manage problems. To learn more, visit my website and my profile on Psychology Today.


I offer safe and caring spiritual direction and counselling to people dealing with a wide range of challenges. These include loss of meaning and purpose, loneliness, grief, ageing, and life transitions. I am an ordained spiritual director focused on spiritual and personal growth. Contact me at ralphbemmergui@gmail.com

Introduction

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.