20 episodes

Explore the spectrum of adventure sports and outdoor living, through narratives and interviews from people living with epilepsy.

From long-distance hikes in Europe to skiing in snowstorms, the storytelling episodes will 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.

Learn about epilepsy, then start planning your adventure.

Seize Your Adventure Francesca Turauskis

    • Personal Journals

Explore the spectrum of adventure sports and outdoor living, through narratives and interviews from people living with epilepsy.

From long-distance hikes in Europe to skiing in snowstorms, the storytelling episodes will 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.

Learn about epilepsy, then start planning your adventure.

    Epilepsy, Adventure and the Outdoors in a Pandemic

    Epilepsy, Adventure and the Outdoors in a Pandemic

    So this is actually a sneaky extra episode of Season Two because I wanted to add a little prologue before we get into the season.

    Most of the interviews in the first part of this season were recorded in a very different world to one in which they are being released. The UK and a lot of the world are on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. And like many in the outdoor community, in some ways seems odd to be releasing a podcast about getting outside, adventuring, not washing for days in some cases, when at the moment I am advocating for the opposite - stay close to home, stay inside.

    But I do feel that this is what makes Seize Your Adventure is more relevant than ever. The podcast has always toed that narrative between access to the outdoors, and being cut off from it. In many of the stories and interviews in Season Two, we talk about losing the ability to drive to our favourite places, or being stuck in hospital when mother ocean is calling. This series dives even deeper in the ways epilepsy has limited adventurous people, and how more importantly how they have either adapted to these limits. A lot of my guests talk about the long path to acceptance of living with the condition - including the fluctuations in amounts of seizures and way what we are capable of can change so quickly. And we also talk about the mental health difficulties that can spring upon us even when seizure-free - things such as anxiety and depression that are difficult to attribute to either physiology of our brains, or the psychology.

    BECOME A PATRON!

    I have - finally, after much prompting - set up a new Patreon account! If you appreciate the work I do, you can support me with monthly payments of as little as $3, less than the cost of a drink!

    You can sign up at patreon.com/seizeyouradventure

    Patrons get unique benefits and get to see some of the inner-workings of the podcasting life - from Outtakes episodes, to a Patron-only newsletter.

    It is a strange time in the world, and I think we can all do with a bit of good storytelling, adventure and heart-to-heart conversations in our lives.

    If you are in a position to support, I can continue doing this thing!

    READ BLOGS

    seizeyouradventure.com/blog

    • 4 min
    Season Two Trailer: Exploring Adventure Through Epilepsy

    Season Two Trailer: Exploring Adventure Through Epilepsy

    Hello everyone, I am Fran Turauskis and I’m happy to introduce you to Season 2 of Seize Your Adventure. This season continues to explore the concept of adventure on a spectrum. Over the past few months, I’ve been hunting down even more people living with epilepsy who enjoy the adventure lifestyle. 
    This season will have more ‘chats’ with guests. We talked about how the smaller adventures can help maintain a sense of self after a diagnosis, and how it has helped some people change their path in life.
    We’ll be hearing about even more sports, from cycling to surfing, and we’ll continue to shed a light on some of the hidden aspects of taking on adventures with epilepsy.
    The guests acknowledge the limitations of living with epilepsy everyday and also go into some of the consequences and risks of having seizures at the wrong time.
    Whatever your knowledge level of adventure or epilepsy, Season Two of Seize Your Adventure will help you explore what adventure means to you.
    Episode 0 is out on 30th March, hit the subscribe button now so you don’t miss it.
    In the meantime, you can head to seizeyouradventure.com for some blog posts, and follow @SYAdventurers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    Thanks for listening, and safe adventures!
    BECOME A PATRON TO SUPPORT THE PODCAST!
    You can now support Seize Your Adventure on Patreon. Patreon is a monthly donation platform to support creatives you believe in. You can pledge as little as $3 a month to help me run Seize Your Adventure. Head to https://patreon.com/seizeyouradventure to learn more. You can also make a one-off donation on Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/seizeyouradventure

    • 3 min
    The Outdoor Mindset

    The Outdoor Mindset

    In 2010, thirteen individuals got together in a hut in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The group shared a passion for the outdoors, an unyielding enthusiasm for life… and they also shared a link to different neurological challenges.

    These hardships could easily have led to a more subdued mindset. The thirteen people could have opted for a quieter, indoor life. But instead, they were inspired by one of the friends, whose diagnosis of a brain tumour encouraged him to use the outdoors as a way to cope, and a way to connect with others.

    That friend was Kyle Martin, and this meeting was the start of the organisation Outdoor Mindset (OM).

    Learn more about the Founders and members of the Outdoor Mindset community, and listen to how and why they chose to get outdoors and do adventure sports with conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, epilepsy and brain tumour.

    ABOUT OUTDOOR MINDSET:

    https://www.outdoormindset.org/

    JOIN THE COMMUNITY:

    https://www.outdoormindset.org/get-involved

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorMindset/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/outdoormindset/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OutdoorMindset

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    MUSIC:

    Groovy Guitar - LOOP by joshuaempyre | License: Attribution

    Groovy Guitar 2 - LOOP.wav by joshuaempyre | License: Attribution

    Lonely Lake by Kev Rowe | License: Creative Commons

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    • 29 min
    TRAILER | "The 'Privilege' to Choose" on Out There

    TRAILER | "The 'Privilege' to Choose" on Out There

    This is not quite Seize Your Adventure, but rather a short trailer episode to send you off to another podcast.
    Over the past few months I’ve been working on an episode for another independent podcast called Out There. It looks at the big questions in life through our relationship with the outdoors, using storytelling.
    So it is with huge pride that I can say my episode was released last week. It’s called “The ‘Privilege’ to Choose” and I thought I’d give you a little taster:
    “In this episode, we’re going to be listening to a story about choice. Having the ability to choose can be something of a privilege. For some people, the choices they are able to make can become limited by factors such as income, responsibilities or health. But can having limited choice sometimes make things easier?”
    Head over to http://www.outtherepodcast.com/episodes to listen to the full story.
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    • 4 min
    Can I Do Adventure Sports with Epilepsy?

    Can I Do Adventure Sports with Epilepsy?

    I get a lot of people contacting me. People who have adventurous souls and lived and breathed their sports before they started having seizures and were diagnosed with epilepsy. And the question I get asked most by people in this situation is “can I do this sport with epilepsy?”.

    And no matter what the sport is, my answer always has to be the same: “I cannot say”.

    I talk about a very valuable resource from the International League Against Epilepsy or ILAE that was recently shared with with. And I wish that I’d known about this sooner because it’s two tables that clearly lay out some guidelines for taking part in sports with epilepsy.

    One table is labelled ‘Seizure risk level in sport’

    The second table is labelled ‘Recommended sport participation by seizure’.

    Listen to me talk about some of the sports on these tables, and advice on doing sports with epilepsy by the ILAE.

    You can find the tables by ILAE here:  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/epi.13261

    DISCLAIMER: All information presented in this podcast is for your information. I have not contributed to the classing of sports. I take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions. Risks will be different based on the sport and individual. Always speak to your neurology team.

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    • 8 min
    Seven Lessons

    Seven Lessons

    Three months in and seven challenges down, I am right on track with my #30at30forEpilepsy. In this bonus episode, you get to hear the seven lessons I have learned so far from ice climbing, archery, axe throwing, trail running, mountain biking, hiking at altitude and wild swimming.

    This is how I have safe adventures with epilepsy :)

    MENTIONS:

    Archery Fit

    Vertical Chill

    Sally Orange

    SayYesMore and the Yes Tribe

    Tough Girl Podcast and the Tough Girl Tribe

    Outdoor Mindset

    JOIN IN A CHALLENGE:

    https://www.francescaturauskis.co.uk/30-at-30

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

TifftheTitan ,

Love it!!

Love my epilepsy tribe!!! 💜💜💜

Creative Epilepsy Advocate ,

Adventure + Awareness = New Fave!

This podcast is not only entertaining but also educational, without shoving facts down your throat. The show is put together very nicely, and I really enjoy the storytelling aspect. It's also really cool to get to know the storytellers via the Q&A episodes the following week. The variety of guests and adventure preferences make this a great show for all adventure seeking enthusiast and epilepsy warriors. The show is doing an awesome job of proving that a diagnosis of epilepsy doesn't mean giving up an adventurous life!

kylewmartin ,

Great format and impactful stories!

Really engaging podcast with impactful stories for everyone, especially those of us connected to neuro challenges and a love for the outdoors!

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