Seize Your Adventure is an adventure and outdoor living podcast, with a bit of epilepsy thrown in. The stories and interviews in this podcast cover a spectrum of activities, from long-distance hiking with 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.
Listen for a glimpse into our adapted adventures, interviews with information and honesty, and some true adventure stoke stories.
This is how we live – with epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects nearly 60 million people worldwide. Seize Your Adventure is the only platform dedicated to people with epilepsy telling their own stories of adventurous living, and it is changing the narrative of both the adventure and epilepsy communities. Episodes are a mix of creative non-fiction stories told by a person with epilepsy, and conversations with guests.
The stories are produced to place people in the adventure and imagine living the adventure life. The interviews are a chance to learn more about the guests’ love of their sport, but also the challenges and accommodations of living with epilepsy. Interviews are mainly with those who live with epilepsy and have ownership over their condition, but also with activity providers who support access within their own sport.
Everyone has a different epilepsy story, 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.
Founder, Producer and Host of Seize Your Adventure. Two years after her epilepsy diagnosis, Fran hiked the Camino de Santiago, solo. Running and climbing are newer additions to her lifestyle. 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: Monthly (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: August 2019
Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband. She is the Austin Ambassador for Outdoor Mindset.
Last seizure: February 2019 (aura & tonic-clonic)
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)
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)
Jake Quigley is the executive director of the non profit Outdoor Mindset which helps people with neurological challenges to embrace the power of the outdoor. When he is not working, Jake can be found adventuring outdoors with his wife, Jeanie, by foot, bike, or ski.
Last seizure: 2009
Amanda Plomp is a runner with epilepsy from Canada. She started having seizures in her teens and discovering running in her twenties helped Amanda to feel strong and connected to her body. She blogs about both on her website Tremors of My World.
Last seizure: Regular (tonic-clonic & myoclonic)