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Seize Your Adventure is a multi-tool: a great adventure podcast that is also an epilepsy podcast. From long-distance hikes in Europe to skiing in snowstorms, the storytelling episodes share life-changing journeys and the smaller moments spent between seizures. The ‘chats’ with guests dive into the deeper stuff, the hidden aspects of taking on adventures with epilepsy - from carrying medication in a backpack, to assessing seizure risks in the wilderness and recognising limitations. And we investigate the perceptions of epilepsy in society and the adventure community.
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Seize Your Adventure Francesca Turauskis

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Seize Your Adventure is a multi-tool: a great adventure podcast that is also an epilepsy podcast. From long-distance hikes in Europe to skiing in snowstorms, the storytelling episodes share life-changing journeys and the smaller moments spent between seizures. The ‘chats’ with guests dive into the deeper stuff, the hidden aspects of taking on adventures with epilepsy - from carrying medication in a backpack, to assessing seizure risks in the wilderness and recognising limitations. And we investigate the perceptions of epilepsy in society and the adventure community.
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    PODCASTER x Seize Your Adventure

    PODCASTER x Seize Your Adventure

    Back in June, I had the honour of being invited on to PODCASTER for a slightly different type of interview... Hosted by V, the Voice of Pod, podcast hosts take a seat in the Podcaster chair, to answer random questions about life and the podcast they have created.
    I've done a few interviews now - this was one of the most fun and soul-searching! Do go check them out:
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    Produced by The Chancer Collective
    http://thechancercollective.com/
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    • 21 min
    Fran: Advocating For Adventure in the Everyday

    Fran: Advocating For Adventure in the Everyday

    Over the years I have written many articles about adventuring with epilepsy. I wanted to share this one with you because it does not focus on the epilepsy side of things, but rather it was a nice reminder of what adventure can bring to you. How do you have small adventures? Can you have an adventure close to home? And after years of asking other people what adventure means to them, I try to answer the questions 'what is adventure?' in this article.
    Do you agree? How do you have an adventure? Do adventures have to be big? These are the types of questions I have tried to answer!
    Frankie and I discuss the story from 5:20mins:
    - Where the idea for this article can from
    - The writing and (lack of) editing process
    - How the small adventure mindset prepared me for lockdown adventures
    - Interestingly found new places during lockdown!
    - Reframing what adventure means
    - Shared family experiences in Wales
    - The privilege of being introduced to the outdoors as a child
    - Frankie's small Ikea adventure!
    - Adventures with dogs
    - Plans for a return to Wales this month...
    Disclaimer: All stories on Seize Your Adventure are personal experience. We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST:
    Become a patron to support the podcast and continue telling stories of epilepsy in adventure. Sign up for as little as $3 a month (that’s less than the price of a coffee!!). All Patrons will get extra content every month, even between seasons, and Patrons at $5 and above get bonus episodes. Find out more at patreon.com/seizeyouradventure. You can also make a one-off donation at https://www.paypal.me/seizeyouradventure.
    MUSIC:
    Kev Rowe on Soundcloud| Creative Commons Attribution License
    Additional sounds from Zapsplat
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    • 17 min
    Q&A with Martin Hossell

    Q&A with Martin Hossell

    This short Q&A with Martin follows on from the Article he read for us at the start of the month. We talked about the types of adventurous activities Martin likes to do, what he would say to someone else who has an epilepsy diagnosis, and - of course - what adventure means to him!
    Listen to Martin's Article:
    https://www.seizeyouradventure.com/post/s3-e3-martin-venturing-out-alone
    Find out more about Martin:
    https://epilepsytraveller.home.blog/
    Follow Martin on Instagram @EpilepsyTraveller
    https://www.instagram.com/epilepsytraveller/
    Disclaimer: All stories on Seize Your Adventure are personal experience. We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.

    SUPPORT THE PODCAST:
    Become a patron to support the podcast and continue telling stories of epilepsy in adventure. Sign up for as little as $3 a month (that’s less than the price of a coffee!!). All Patrons will get extra content every month, even between seasons, and Patrons at $5 and above get bonus episodes. Find out more at patreon.com/seizeyouradventure. You can also make a one-off donation at https://www.paypal.me/seizeyouradventure.
    READ THE Q&A WRITE-UP ON THE WEBSITE
    https://www.seizeyouradventure.com/post/a-q-a-with-martin-hossell
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    • 8 min
    Martin: Venturing Out Alone

    Martin: Venturing Out Alone

    This is the second Articles episode!
    Martin had his first tonic-clonic seizure when he was 10 years old, whilst playing a recorder in a music lesson. Since then, he has lived with epilepsy and seizures. In secondary school, he was told he could not go on a ski-trip because of this epilepsy - not once but twice.
    But when Martin left school, a friend at work suggested that they should start travelling together. Now he had a travel-buddy, Martin could travel safely with epilepsy, and they went to Australia, Iceland and more. And Martin was excited to book a trip together to his dream destination - America!
    But when his travel companion had to drop out of the trip, Martin had to decide - could he travel alone with epilepsy?
    This article first appeared on Martin's blog:
    https://epilepsytraveller.home.blog/
    Frankie and I discuss the story from 9:25mins:
    - Fran and Frankie catch up and discuss the article
    - What they loved about the article
    - Admitting when something is difficult
    - Martin's great advice for travelling with epilepsy
    - How lovely Martin's friendship with his colleague was
    - Why encouragement from others makes all the difference
    - Why it's nice to hear a longer story from an Instagram persona!
    - How Fran has improved her epilepsy routine over the years
    I had also had a short chat with Martin about his adventures with epilepsy, and travelling to American alone . The Q&A will be out in 2 week's time. But if you're a $10 Patron, you can listen early over on the Patron-only feed!
    Follow Martin on Instagram @EpilepsyTraveller
    https://www.instagram.com/epilepsytraveller/
    Disclaimer: All stories on Seize Your Adventure are personal experience. We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST:
    Become a patron to support the podcast and continue telling stories of epilepsy in adventure. Sign up for as little as $3 a month (that’s less than the price of a coffee!!). All Patrons will get extra content every month, even between seasons, and Patrons at $5 and above get bonus episodes. Find out more at patreon.com/seizeyouradventure. You can also make a one-off donation at https://www.paypal.me/seizeyouradventure.
    MUSIC:
    Kev Rowe on Soundcloud| Creative Commons Attribution License
    Additional sounds from Zapsplat

    THE FULL TRANSCRIPT IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE:
    https://www.seizeyouradventure.com/transcripts

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    • 18 min
    Q&A with Cameron Schwartzkopf

    Q&A with Cameron Schwartzkopf

    Episode 2 follows on from Cameron's Article - Learning from Surfing with Epilepsy. Those of you who are very attentive to the Seize Your Adventure feed might well recognise this episode. Due to an issue with my hosting, my Patron-only episodes suddenly went public for a bit - including this Q&A! And I saw many of you downloading it, I started thinking about my offering for Season 3. After speaking to my Patrons, I've decided to make all the Q&As public.
    Here is the Q&A that I had with Cameron back in December 2020. We talked about surfing, snowboarding, holding on to hope in tough times, and how adventure can be having the confidence to stay safe.
    You can read the blog version of this Q&A on the website:
    https://www.seizeyouradventure.com/post/a-q-a-with-cameron-schwartzkopf
    $10 Patrons will still get early access to all Q&As, as well as the Patron newsletter. There is also a new miniseries for Patrons about my Race To The Stones experience in 2019.
    SUPPORT THE PODCAST:
    Become a patron to support the podcast and continue telling stories of epilepsy in adventure. Sign up for as little as $3 a month (that’s less than the price of a coffee!!). All Patrons will get extra content every month, even between seasons, and Patrons at $5 and above get bonus minisodes. Find out more at patreon.com/seizeyouradventure. You can also make a one-off donation at https://www.paypal.me/seizeyouradventure.
    Disclaimer: All stories on Seize Your Adventure are personal experience. We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.
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    • 24 min
    Cameron: Learning from Surfing with Epilepsy

    Cameron: Learning from Surfing with Epilepsy

    Welcome to the first The Articles episode!
    Is surfing with epilepsy dangerous? What happens if you have a seizure in the water? This is something we hear about in Cameron's story.
    CW: Cameron goes into detail on the consequences of having a seizure in water whilst he's surfing. So please bear in mind that some of the content and descriptions might be upsetting.
    Frankie and I discuss the story from 9:30mins.
    -Fran and Frankie catch up and discuss the article
    -The article resonates with and is very important to Frankie due to her background surfing with epilepsy and similar experiences of dealing with seizures in the water
    -Fran and Frankie discuss the slightly traumatic nature of the article and how Cameron acknowledges any mistakes he made leading up to the incident
    -Frankie comments that she would have liked more detail on how Cameron mitigates the risk and impact of this reoccurring
    -Fran discusses the importance of handling this article delicately due to its intensity.
    I had also had a short chat with Cameron about his adventures with epilepsy. There will be a blog post of my Q&A on the website next week, but If you're a $10 Patron, you can listen to Cameron himself over on the Patron-only feed now!
    The full transcript of this episode is available now:
    https://www.seizeyouradventure.com/post/the-articles-learning-from-surfing-with-epilepsy-full-transcript
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

SYAdventurers ,

So glad it’s back!

This podcast really is unique. So glad it’s back for a third season. Thank you!

matchboxninja ,

Super educational & well produced!!

This podcast is so informative in not only understanding the different types of epilepsy and the huge variety of ways that individuals manage their symptoms, but also in understanding and relating to their stories of how they keep on adventuring. As someone who doesn't have epilepsy, it's been invaluable in educating me so that I can have better, and more respectful, conversations with others who do have epilepsy, and also inspires me to keep on adventuring. I absolutely adore the way that this podcast has been put together; it's super professional and highly entertaining! Thank you Fran!

frankie_dewar ,

Inspiring podcast for everyone

Having grown up with family members with epilepsy I can personally relate to so many of the stories messages and Challenges in this podcast. I think it’s incredible how much of a light it shines on developing independence and making the outdoors more accessible.

The stories are so inspiring and I would recommend this podcast to anyone whether they have epilepsy or not!

Thank you for the huge inspiration!

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