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 left my job as a Content Editor 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. Speaking about epilepsy with people from around the world, most of whom knew little about the condition, I saw that lack of awareness is a universal problem.
When I returned to the UK, I found myself contacted by people with epilepsy who had taken on similar challenges, and those who had never considered that adventure could be possible for them. I was surprised that nobody else was telling these epilepsy adventure stories. So I decided to.
Fran Turauskis, Founder of Seize Your Adventure
Seize Your Adventure was founded with three aims: to share positive adventure stories from people who don’t let epilepsy map their lives; to encourage others to explore their own limits; and to spread awareness for epilepsy in all its guises.
Epilepsy affects everyone differently, and everyone with epilepsy will have a different definition of ‘adventure’. Some of us take on challenges beyond most people in full health, whilst for others there is nothing small about a microadventure. We might climb walls weeks after brain surgery, run between regular seizures or cross countries with the medicine to stop symptoms in our bag. Having epilepsy means that there are always extra considerations – but it would be the same if we stayed at home! We believe that with the necessary precautions and the right encouragement, adventure awaits for us all.
So whether your greatest challenge takes place in the gym, on the road or in your living room, join us in showing the world what we can do.
A conqueror of the Camino de Santiago, Fran’s love for hiking can be traced back to family holidays in wet Wales. Running and climbing are new additions to her lifestyle. Founder & Editor of Seize Your Adventure, Fran’s indoor alter-ego is a writer who works in the local library.
Last seizure: April 2015 (tonic-clonic)
Hiking hobbyist Joe is a member of Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers). He trekked Ben Nevis for charity and has hopes for bigger mountains in the future. He runs a blog (epilepticman.com) and wants to help end discrimination against all invisible disabilities.
Last seizure: February 2018 (tonic-clonic)
Jared is the Social Media Producer for Patagonia. When he’s not at his desk you can find him out in the ocean surfing or reading literature written from typewriters. Jared’s three greatest loves are his wife, his family and the San Francisco Giants.
Last Seizure: February 2018 (tonic-clonic)
(Ketogenic Epilepsy Warrior)
Jade aka @thetraininsideme has been practising a ketogenic lifestyle for over two years. She enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking and swimming. When she isn’t being active, she helps others to find their optimal self through massage, lifestyle coaching and motivational speaking.
Last seizure: 2014 (partial complex)
Born and raised outside of Boulder Colorado, Kyle’s favourite pastimes are snowboarding and climbing: adventures where he can do both take the cake. His motto is to S.L.E.D. or ‘Simply Live Each Day’ and he’s currently training to be on American Ninja Warrior.
Last seizure: August 2017 (tonic-clonic)
Our Own Challenges
Our Own Challenges
All of the contributors at Seize Your Adventure are understandably passionate about raising not only awareness, but funds for causes dedicate to epilepsy. If any of us take part in individual charity events, they will be posted below.