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Author: Francesca Turauskis

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Adventure and outdoor living with epilepsy.

The stories and interviews in this podcast cover a spectrum of activities, from long-distance hiking with epilepsy medication in a backpack, to the pleasure of the first duck dive after brain surgery. It advocates adventure in all forms, for everyone, as a way to connect with ourselves, others and the outdoors.

This is how we live – with epilepsy.
7 Episodes
Episode 6 | Fran Chats
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 you asked me about my adventures, epilepsy, and more. I talk about:Finding the way when you’re lostAdapting adventures to your abilityWhat having epilepsy has taught meThe highs and lows of starting Seize Your AdventureHiking the CaminoFamily hiking holidaysWhat I say to those that tell me not to do something My next challenge - 30 Adventures in 1 year!And yes, I do say ‘three pikes’ instead of ‘three peaks’... I don’t know why.Questions:Dave Cornthwaite of Say Yes MoreJade NelsonChristalle Bodiford of Life ElektrikTiffany WebbKathi KamlietnerJordan Wylie More about the 30 at 30 Challenge: Adventure advice: Related articles: Buy merchandise or support the podcast: Music:Buskers in Bilbao recorded on the Camino Follow Seize Your Adventure:Facebook:

Episode 6 | Fran Chats


Episode 5 | The Camino
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 of Europe, I decided to take a five-hundred mile walk across Spain. In the summer of 2017, I set out to walk the Camino de Santiago. I expected sore feet, time to think and intimate talks with strangers (mainly about blisters). I didn’t expect my epilepsy to be such a focus of conversation and source of admiration. As you listen to my story, I hope that fellow pilgrims recognise themselves. It might push aspiring pilgrims to buy a guidebook. And if you want to know more about me and my epilepsy, this is your chance.And you get to hear me sing...More about me: Related articles: Buy merchandise or donate to the podcast: Music:Fiesta recorded on the CaminoAcoustic Venezuelan Cuatro by iluppai | License: Creative Commons 0 via Freesound.orgDidgeridoo recorded on the CaminoBuskers in Bilbao recorded on the CaminoTom Paget recorded and sung by me on a path in SurreyFiesta in Santiago recorded on the Camino Follow Seize Your Adventure:Facebook: Buen Camino!

Episode 5 | The Camino


Episode 4 | A Chat with Joe Stevenson
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 acknowledge that something is hard for us, it makes it more attainable to everyone else.Joe Stevenson reached a personal peak when he reached the top of Ben Nevis. In episode 3, he told us how this adventure came about. The conversation in this episode lets you hear a little bit more about:Joe’s everyday life as a hiker with epilepsyHow Joe was diagnosed with epilepsyHis 7 year period of depression and how he overcame itThe side effects of the medication His difficulty finding work due to epilepsyAnd we find out where he’s aiming his sights next, now he knows what he is capable ofI’d like to thank Joe for speaking to me so honestly. Some of the subjects he mentioned aren’t easy, but my hope it that us talking about it makes it better. If you’ve been affected by anything discussed,  Epilepsy Action is a charity that provides support and expert advice for people with epilepsy. You can speak to them about all elements of living with epilepsy or if you are interested in taking on your own challenge for Epilepsy Action.If you have depression, or would like to talk to someone about your mental health and how you feel, you can contact Mind for information and support. Find out more about Joe: Related articles: Donate to support the podcast: Music:From Folk Guitar Music Track by Dvideoguy under the Creative Commons License. Head to for the full story.Find us on:TwitterInstagramFacebook
Episode 3 | Finding My Inner Peak
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 he did a couple of years ago. Charity events are a great way of becoming a little bit more adventurous. The challenges are organised for you, the group leaders have plenty of experience with people of all finesses and of course, you can raise some money for a good cause at the same time.The hike that Joe decided to do was the Ben Nevis Challenge for Epilepsy Action. Joe hadn’t climbed a mountain before his trip to Scotland, but he decided to take on the highest peak in the UK.Epilepsy Action is a charity that provides support and expert advice, raises awareness and advocates for people with epilepsy. You can speak to them about all elements of living with epilepsy or if you are interested in taking on a challenge for Epilepsy Action.If you have depression, or would like some help with your mental health, you can contact Mind for information and support. Find out more about Joe: Related articles: Donate to support the podcast: Music:GuitarDandCWithLONGERFade.wav by Kevin Boucher Folk Guitar Music Track by DvideoguyTick Tick Tick by k2tr Head to for the full story.Find us on:TwitterInstagramFacebook
Episode 2 | A Chat with Jade Nelson
DISCLAIMER:  The discussion in this episode relates to Jade’s personal experience, and it is important to discuss with your doctors and professional team whether the ketogenic diet will be suitable for you.  If you take AEDs or medication, do not stop them except on doctors advice.  The ketogenic diet should only be attempted with the knowledge and advice of your neurology team and a nutritionist.In this episode, I have a conversation with 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 awareness of epilepsy and the ketogenic diet (a high fat, low carb diet that was invented in the 1920s  to help control seizures) via her talks and writing. Her website,, is packed with recipes and information on the ketogenic diet and learning to live the ketogenic lifestyle. Jade and I have been talking via Instagram and email for over a year now, but this was the first time we had actually spoken to each other, so it was great to have a talk. There’s about a 6 hour time difference between us, and Jade kindly got up before sunrise to speak to me. It was a pretty intense conversation for that time in the morning! We talked about some of the activities Jade’s been involved in over the years, including karate, stand up paddleboarding, and ultimate Frisbee. We also talked about some of her bigger adventures, and the small routines she does to keep her active. And of course about Jade’s epilepsy, the various medications and treatments she's used over the years, including the ketogenic diet.  I’d also like to pre-preemptively correct my ignorance. At one point during the conversation, I say that stand up paddleboarding is a new sport. I have since researched, and it’s not new at all. It’s been practised in Hawaii since about the 16th Century.If you would like to learn more about epilepsy, or have been affected by this episode, you can phone the epilepsy society (UK) on 01494 601 400Articles: to buy: guitar interlude by graham_makes Head to for the full story.Find us on:TwitterInstagramFacebook 
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