The Vancouver 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 more about their services and how they can help you through whatever challenge you’re facing.

Based in Vancouver, Nightingale Counselling blends scientific research, counselling theory, and clinical experience into a singular approach. Compassionately serving individuals, couples and families, our practice enables people to literally reconstruct the neural pathways that guide daily living. From experiences of stress, difficult emotions, and physical pain to the quality of everyday relationships, this approach has proven clinical results. 

I’m Lisa Sanson, and I’ll help you find what lights you up and makes you feel more alive, no matter what you’re dealing with. I’m a Registered Professional Counsellor, Certified Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. I will assist you on a journey specific to your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs. Let’s Find Your Sunrise.

Make it Artful creates space for igniting our human desire and capacity to be creative beings. We offer expressive arts therapy for individual and group work (play!), as well as community art opportunities for uncovering your power and resources. We work with the emotional, creative and soulful lives of humans.

Three Sisters Clinical Counselling is a Mental Health Counselling practice located in the heart of Yaletown in Vancouver, BC.  We offer Masters-level practitioners who work with children, adults and families. We also have a professional sub-specialty in treating frontline First Responders for trauma, anxiety and depression. Sliding scale rates offered as low as $95 for individual sessions.

Gaia Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to mental health and well-being. In Gaia Counselling, we see therapy as a journey to self-discovery and healing where understanding and acknowledging oneself is the key for that change to occur. We believe that each person can heal themselves, and we are excited to walk together in their journey of self-discovery and healing.

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.