The York Region 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.


Ilana is a practicing Mental Health and Addictions Therapist. She holds a Masters Degree in Science (M.Sc.) in Mental Health and Addictions from Trinity College Dublin. Ilana provides individual, couples and family therapy. Her experience on various distresses is extensive and includes depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, addictive behaviours, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, disordered eating, complex family dynamics, co-dependency and concurrent disorders. Learn more.


Basanti Counseling offers psychotherapy for individuals and couples to address issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and relationship issues. Navigating life’s challenges can be daunting. However, engaging in psychotherapy enables us to safely examine our issues. The insight gained from introspection and reflection can be used to heal and foster growth. Learn more.


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.


I am a mindful therapist who helps people finding their path to well-being. It is my belief that by creating a safe space for my clients, we can explore and unlock patterns and beliefs where healing can begin. I offer services such as CBT, mindfulness, and inner child work to help clients who are struggling with anxiety, low mood, self-esteem issues, relationships and other life challenges that may be impacting your well-being. Learn more.


Fresh Insight is a wellness clinic that offers psychotherapy and nutritional counselling to individuals, couples, and families. Our mission is to inspire hope, catalyze change, and foster a sense of personal empowerment. Feel free to attend sessions in-person at our Markham and Woodbridge offices or online. Learn more.


Professional psychology services with compassion and caring. 20+ years of experience. Interested in a non-medicated treatment for disturbed sleep, or need new tools for stress, mood or relationship challenges? Let’s talk. Contact us for a complimentary phone consultation. Teletherapy (secure video) available for service across Ontario. Learn more.


Stage of Mind provides counselling to individuals of all ages, and couples, using various psychotherapy modalities based on your needs. Our therapists are experienced in treating a wide range of issues to help you develop effective coping skills, realize your goals and achieve changes you want to see in many areas of your life. www.stageofmind.ca info@stageofmind.ca


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.