About Claire Snyman

Claire helps inspire people to put their health in their own hands.

She is an author, speaker, blogger and advocate for patient and healthcare collaboration. This was sparked by her personal journey with a brain tumor and brain surgery.

It was as a patient she realized the importance of partnering with her healthcare team and becoming her body’s own advocate. It was a T.E.A.M Approach to manage her health. She also had to take responsibility and put her health in her own hands.

Claire authored Two Steps Forward – Embracing life with a Brain Tumor – based on her personal journal from diagnosis to recovery from brain surgery.

In her quest for collaboration between patients and health care teams, she co-authored a collaborative study between patients and neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins University: The impact of surgical resection on headache disability and quality of life in patients with colloid cyst (Cephalalgia, May 10, 2016).

She was a speaker at TEDxStanleyPark 2018 on the topic of “Your Health is in your Hands”. Watch the talk here.

Claire recently authored ACTIVATE: How to Save your Life in a Complex Health Care System, which became a #1 Amazon best seller in 2018.

Claire is a member of the CMA (Canadian Medical Association) Patient Voice  – a group of 12 patients who lend their perspectives and experience to CMA’s advocacy work.


“I have had the opportunity to hear Claire Snyman speak at various conferences and she is not only delightful but has the ability to engage her audience and keeps them interested right through her presentations. As someone who manages many events, Claire is absolutely someone you want on your roster of speakers!”

Janic Gorayeb, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Claire’s book, Two Steps Forward, is a testament to what the human spirit can do. She recollects her experiences with a passion and elegance, but at the same time with the strength that characterized her journey from diagnosis, to neurological compromise, to treatment, and towards recovery.

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, FAANS, FACS