About

Seize Your Adventure is like the multi-tool in your backpack: a great adventure podcast that is also an epilepsy podcast, run by female adventurers and telling diverse stories. And you wonder how you lived so long without it!

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.

Kind things people say about the podcast:

"I absolutely adore the way that this podcast has been put together; it's super professional and highly entertaining!" 

"We want to celebrate all the content Seize Your Adventure provides. The stories and interviews are really powerful"

"I think it’s incredible how much of a light it shines on developing independence and making the outdoors more accessible."

So get ready to explore the whole spectrum of adventure sports and outdoor living, through narratives and interviews from people living with epilepsy.

The Team

Francesca Turauskis

After she walked the Camino de Santiago, solo, in 2017, Fran became uncomfortable with descriptions such as 'brave' and 'inspirational' when people learned about her epilepsy diagnosis. She created Seize Your Adventure to normalise the idea of epilepsy in adventure. As host, editor and producer, she collates all audio and visual content on the podcast, website and social media.

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Frankie York

Frankie is a passionate surfer, but for the past six years, she has suffered frequent and debilitating seizures that stopped her from surfing entirely. Thanks to the incredible people around her (and VNS therapy) she has been seizure-free since October 2019. She is the SYA Intern, focusing on Press and Fundraising. She is currently studying for a degree in International Disaster Management, Humanitarian Response and Spanish at the University of Manchester.

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Contributors & Guests

Jade Nelson

Jade practices the 

ketogenic diet.  She enjoys SUP, yoga, hiking and swimming.  

Find her at jadenelson.net

Joe Stevenson

Hiking hobbyist Joe is a member of Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)He runs a blog (joestevenson.net).

Jake Quigley

Jake Quigley is the executive director of  Outdoor Mindset. He can be found adventuring    with his wife, Jeanie, by foot, bike, or ski.

Amanda Plomp

Amanda Plomp is a runner with epilepsy from Canada.  She blogs about both on her website Tremors of My World.

Becky Sampson

Becky Sampson has been travelling the world by bicycle for 3 years, You can find her at Misadventure Magnet on Facebook. 

Jordan Wylie

Soldier, Adventurer, Author. Jordan is the brains behind Running Dangerously and Rowing Dangerously. Find him at jordanwylie.org

Ian Johnston

Ian has a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. His dissertation focused on the influence of epilepsy on habitual activity.

Annie Brooks

Annie Brooks, is a blogger and Youtuber from the award-winning blog Tales of Annie Beancovers fitness, travel, lifestyle and adventure!

Jared Muscat

Jared Muscat is the Social Media Producer for Patagonia. When he’s not at his desk you can find him out in the ocean surfing.

Cath Shanks

Cath Shanks is a skate coach who was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy in 2010. You can find her on Instagram @specialeptic. 

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Jewel Gibson

Jewel is a mon, a wife, a teacher and blogger from Brooklyn, New York. Her Instagram and blog, Life's A Jewel, focuses on motherhood and healthy living.

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Chris Winwood

Chris is Epilepsy Education & Outreach Worker for the BCES, and has a BA in Nature Based Tourism. His Facebook page is Diaries of an Epileptic Dirtbag Otaku.

The Supporters

Seize Your Adventure is listener supported. Thank you to the following Patrons:

Catherine Coppinger

Peter Johnson

Damiana Day

Jeanie S.

Mark T.

Chris Winwood

Leah K.

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Companies

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Website and cover design by Francesca Turauskis

Seize Your Adventure logo designed by Malva Izquierdo Miller 

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 All rights reserved. Content may not be reproduced or copied without permission. Please remember all information presented here reflects the personal experience of contributors and writers may not be experts in the subject matter. We take no responsibility for individual decisions made with regards to adventure sports or medical conditions.

© 2020 by Francesca Turauskis.