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.

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Clint Moroz is a registered Psychotherapist & Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). He divides his time between school-based counselling and his private practice office in downtown Saskatoon. Clint’s private practice is The Shift, located at 267 – 3rd Ave South. Learn more.

Rev. Jodi (MACP, BEd, CT, CPC) offers professional counselling and certified coaching services. She emphasizes Christ-Intervention Transformation and Spirit-led Soul Discipleship, while using an integrated approach to Christian counselling. Faith-based educational support groups are available for those who need a safe refuge from life’s struggles. When nothing else has worked for you, come explore healing with LifeChange. You are worth it and deserve freedom! Learn more.

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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.