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.

Let’s unlock your potential and reveal the best version of you. Together. We are a group of caring therapists who want to support you to flourish and live your best life. We’ll work with you to overcome obstacles, to relate to your experiences in a new way with more understanding, acceptance, and compassion, and to reach your true potential — personally, academically, professionally, and athletically. Learn more.

Life can feel difficult at times and it’s an honour to share space with the people I support. I provide counselling to individuals ages 15 and up, with a focus on Trauma, Anxiety and Depression.  We all need some support from time to time, and I recognize that people from all backgrounds and walks of life have the right to mental and emotional well-being. At Inner Compass Counselling, I’m here to help you find your way. Learn more.

Healing, Integration, Renewal, Balance & Growth

I will work with you to develop self-care and a skills-based approach to healing from trauma that will lead to lasting change. My therapy will increase your self-esteem, sense of well-being, peace and harmony in your life. I have 20+ years of experience working with diverse communities and offer counselling for mental health and addictions, couples and families, online or in person. Learn more.

Racism impacts our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. I am a registered social worker who offers therapy using a race-based trauma informed lens.  By generating a space where the concepts of anti-racism and decolonization can be explored in relation to other life struggles, I can show you ways to shift towards inner peace. 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.