Seize Your Adventure

Seize Your Adventure

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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.


Cath Shanks Takes Over: Skateboards, Slacklining and Urban Exploring with Epilepsy
Jul 3 • 15 min
On Tuesday 19th May, I handed over the Seize Your Adventure Instagram account to Cath Shanks, a skate coach who was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy in 2010. In this bonus episode, you get to hear how it went, and listen to the Instagram Live…
A Chat with Jared Muscat: Surfing, Paddleboarding and Epileptic Opportunity
Jun 12 • 37 min
For Jared Muscat, surfing has been a passion, an obsession, and in his own words an addiction, since he was a teenager. Surfing was part of what led Jared to his current job working for the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. And it was on Patagonia’s…
A Chat with Annie Brooks: Swimming, Triathlons and Races with Partial Seizures
May 22 • 44 min
Annie Brooks, is a blogger and Youtuber from the award-winning blog Tales of Annie Bean, a website and video channel that covers fitness, travel, lifestyle and (of course) adventure! Annie was diagnosed with epilepsy in the form of complex partial…
Seizure First Aid by Jamie Wissinger from the ‘1 in 26’ Podcast
May 5 • 20 min
Enjoy this quick bonus episode from Jamie Wissinger, host of the epilepsy podcast ‘1 in 26’ . I thought it was about time to share some official Seizure First Aid , and asked Jamie to share her knowledge as an official trainer. Be Calm Remove Dangerous…
A Chat with Ian Johnston: Epilepsy, Exercise and the Psychology of Sport with Seizures
May 2 • 37 min
“Having a chronic condition such as epilepsy consistently prevents individuals from participating in sport. For someone with epilepsy the fear of making the condition worse, sustaining injury or even dying (Kale, 1997) are regularly quoted as reasons for…
Coronavirus Complications with Becky Sampson
Apr 23 • 16 min
In this bonus episode, I catch-up with Becky Sampson. Four months after our initial conversation, coronavirus has changed plans for many. Becky tells me how it affected her round-the-world trip. In today’s episode we talk about: Walking the Coast to Coast…
A Chat with Becky Sampson: Travelling the World by Bicycle, with Epilepsy
Apr 15 • 44 min
Welcome to Season Two of Seize Your Adventure! This season, I will be speaking to even more people about a wider range of sports, and the conversations coming up in Season Two feel even more relevant in the current climate. Today’s chat is with a lady…
Epilepsy, Adventure and the Outdoors in a Pandemic
Mar 30 • 4 min
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…
Season Two Trailer: Exploring Adventure Through Epilepsy
Mar 26 • 3 min
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…
The Outdoor Mindset
Nov 27, 2019 • 29 min
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…
TRAILER | “The ‘Privilege’ to Choose” on Out There
Oct 28, 2019 • 4 min
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…
Can I Do Adventure Sports with Epilepsy?
Oct 7, 2019 • 8 min
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…
Seven Lessons from My Adventures with Epilepsy
Aug 26, 2019 • 15 min
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…
A Chat with Amanda Plomp: Running with Epilepsy, from Backwoods to Beaches and Beyond
Aug 13, 2019 • 43 min
Amanda Plomp is a runner with epilepsy based in Victoria in Canada. As we heard in the last episode, discovering running in her twenties helped Amanda to feel strong and connected to her body, a feeling she had missed since her seizures started when she…
Amanda Plomp: I Am a Runner
Jul 23, 2019 • 24 min
DISCLAIMER: Please remember all stories presented reflect the personal experiences of contributors . We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions. For most people, the teenage years are a…
Challenge One : Ice Climbing with Vertical Chill
Jul 7, 2019 • 17 min
Today’s story is a small epic of a tale. It starts on the other side of the world, it includes some dramatic moments, some aspirations achieved. I also had to download a beep sound to censor some swear words in this episode - and you’ll soon understand…
Adventurers Talk Epilepsy
Jun 11, 2019 • 21 min
We’ve heard from people with epilepsy how they seize adventure. Now it’s time to put some adventurers on the spot. I talk to three people who work within the adventure field to find out what they know about epilepsy, what they don’t, and how we can get…
A Chat with Jake Quigley: Brain Surgery, Hiking the Himalayas and the Fundamentals of Mountain Biking
Apr 22, 2019 • 35 min
Jake Quigley is the executive director of the non profit Outdoor Mindset. The organisation’s mission is to unite and inspire people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion of the outdoors. It is a free membership-based community. When…
Jake Quigley: Mind Over Mountains
Apr 8, 2019 • 22 min
For Jake Quigley, adventure is more than just a past time, or even a passion. Adventure is a lifestyle, and one he built up around his epilepsy. Jake was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was eleven years old. Rather than being scared by the condition,…
Jordan Wylie: 20ish Questions
Mar 26, 2019 • 32 min
Adventurer. Soldier. Author. Jordan Wylie is known for his challenges at the extreme end of the adventure spectrum. Described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as “A determined, fearless adventurer and an inspiring man”, Jordan has run races in Iraq, Afghansistan…
Fran Chats: Adapting Adventures, Hiking in Wales and My Next Epilepsy Challenge…
Feb 14, 2019 • 27 min
Advocate for adventure and epilepsy awareness. Writer. Editor. Podcaster. Public Speaker. In this interview (of sorts) you get to hear more from me, Fran Turauskis. To celebrate the one-year anniversary for seizeyouradventure.com you asked me about my…
Fran Turauskis: The Camino
Feb 4, 2019 • 21 min
Let me take you on a very intimate journey from my first seizure to walking the Norte and Primitivo Caminos. With music recorded whilst I was walking, this will give you an insight into my experience of The Way. On a post-referendum quest to discover more…
A Chat with Joe Stevenson: Hiking, Medication and Mindfulness when Living with Epilepsy
Jan 21, 2019 • 26 min
It is important to acknowledge when we do impressive things. Not just because a sense of pride won’t do us any harm. But because it makes our stories more realistic to that person who is scared that it’s too hard for them. In a strange way, if we…
Joe Stevenson: Finding My Inner Peak
Jan 7, 2019 • 14 min
This podcast takes you to one of the most remote parts of the UK, an area renowned as the last wilderness of Britain. Even the most touristic areas take some effort to get to. Welcome to the Scottish highlands. Joe Stevenson tells us about a charity hike…
A Chat with Jade Nelson: Keto for Epilepsy, Camping and her Sport and Seizure Story
Dec 16, 2018 • 37 min
In this Q&A, we’ll learn a bit more about Jade Nelson, who wrote and read the Episode 1 story, “Peace in West Texas”. Jade is a licensed Massage Therapist, Epilepsy Advocate, Public Speaker and Writer based in Austin, Texas. Her focus is helping spread…
Jade Nelson: Peace in West Texas
Dec 2, 2018 • 18 min
Camping is one of the simplest ways to spend some time outdoors, so when Jade was determined to get back out into nature, a short camping trip seemed like the obvious choice. When she and her husband Eric set out with their dogs, she had specific…
Season One Trailer: Adventure and Epilepsy
Oct 5, 2018 • 4 min
Start gearing up for the Seize Your Adventure podcast: this is where the adventure community and the epilepsy community meet. This podcast will share intimate stories and conversations from people with epilepsy who enjoy the adventure lifestyle. For those…