Fran Turauskis is a writer and creator of the Seize Your Adventure podcast, which showcases stories of adventurers and outdoor lovers alike who also happen to have epilepsy, After Fran walked the Camino de Santiago, solo, in 2017, she became uncomfortable with descriptions such as 'brave' and 'inspirational' when people learned about her epilepsy diagnosis. She created the Seize Your Adventure podcast to normalize the idea of epilepsy in adventure settings. Fran has a lot of good ol’ adventure stories to share with us as well we discuss where this all fits in both the classic and emerging adventure narratives. If you looking for more information on this term the “adventure narrative” check back to episode 2 of this podcast where we break that term down in detail with Bob Henderson. Check out Fran's work at her website Seize Your Adventure. Follow Fran on Twitter | Facebook.
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00:04:30 What does Fran mean by “Seize your Adventure”?
00:05:45 What is Epilepsy?
00:08:05 What are some initial concerns, in regards to activity, when one finds out they have epilepsy?
00:09:50 How did the podcast start and Fran’s experience with epilepsy?
00:12:45 Fran’s adventure’s before and after finding out she has epilepsy
00:15:30 Can nature connection help with symptoms of epilepsy?
00:17:30 Why is there such a lack of research on the topic Epilepsy and Outdoor Recreation?
00:21:00 Are there certain activities that are maybe more conducive towards the epileptic experience?
00:25:54 About Fran’s recent Ultra Run
00:29:37 Fran’s interpretation of Adventure
00:31:47 Finding Adventure in London
00:35:00 Finding one’s “Inner Peak”
00:39:52 How is the “Adventure Narrative” evolving?
00:44:53 Things people with epilepsy might need to think about before going on a journey?
00:47:20 Tips about how friends can support a fellow traveler who happens to have epilepsy
00:50:26 Particular pre-journey logistical planning for those with epilepsy
00:53:45 Organizations that work with Epilepsy and Outdoor Pursuits
00:54:56 Seize Your Adventure and site-specific dramaturgy
00:56:20 Fran’s favorite microadventures and future plans
00:57:47 Fran’s obsession with BEARS!
00:59:54 Closing Reflections
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