ACTIVATE – How to Save your Life in a Complex Health Care System

ACTIVATE – How to Save your Life in a Complex Health Care System opens up the conversation on the challenges faced within health care systems and how patients need to be more proactive participants in their health care management.

Claire Snyman speaks from her own personal experience as a brain tumor survivor having navigated the complex waters of the health care system. ACTIVATE looks at how health care systems can be complex and overburdened and how simple actions by patients and care partners, can literally save a life.

ACTIVATE is a quick reference guide for both patients, care partners and health care professionals looking for guidance and solutions on how to put one’s health in one’s own hands and collaborate with health care teams. A quick and compelling read interlaced with personal story and ideas – worth reading and sharing – this message might save a life.


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Two Steps Forward – Embracing Life with a Brain Tumor

Friday morning, 14 May 2010, Claire Snyman opens her eyes to find the room spinning around her, the light fixture dancing above. Then she develops her first migraine ever. What is this all about? She must be overdoing it at work. But it’s not too much work: it’s a non-malignant brain tumor. The diagnosis completely blindsides 34-year-old Claire and her family. Together they face the new reality of her condition while trying to navigate conflicting medical advice and cope with her new onset of symptoms.

In Two Steps Forward, Claire documents her personal awakening as she learns to be her body’s own advocate through the often-harrowing journey of life with a brain tumor, her misdiagnosis and the brain surgery and recovery that followed. This inspirational story of a woman, mother and wife is told with honesty, clarity and revelation. Two Steps Forward is a compelling book for readers walking a similar path, but also for those facing a life-changing situation or for anyone looking for a positive and inspiring story.