After being diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015, Fran set out to walk the Camino de Santiago two years later, solo. Since then, she has worked more adventures into her life.
In 2017, Fran founded Seize Your Adventure to advocate for epilepsy awareness in the adventure community, and for the benefits of adventure for those with epilepsy and to demystify the condition and encourage others to try new things and challenge themselves.
May 20th is the start of National Epilepsy Awareness Week (NEAW), and it is also the start of Fran’s next challenge: the '30 at 30 Challenge' In her 30th year Fran plan to do 30 new adventures. Some of these will be small, micro adventures (such as foraging for dinner or SUP in London) whilst others are quite daunting - one of the biggest being the Race to the Stones in July.
For each of the 30, Fran is hoping to work closely with the activity providers to spread epilepsy awareness. Fran also wants to invite 87 people to join in the adventures (because every day, 87 people in the UK are diagnosed with epilepsy.)
*Please note we are not medical doctors and Fran is sharing just her own personal story - this is not medical advice in any shape or form!!
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Looking to do 30 challenges over her 30th year
Epilepsy and what it is
Being diagnosed in 2015
Having her first seizure
Being 22 years old and dealing with the not knowing
Getting into hiking and adventure
The Camino de Santiago and deciding to do the walk
Managing adventure and epilepsy
What’s the right way to describe epilepsy
Telling people about her epilepsy
Handling the added complexity of doing a challenge with epilepsy
What was happening before she started the walk
Struggling with the language
Why the hike was so much more than she could imagine
What was the biggest challenge while out on the Camino
Dealing with post trip blues
Coming back to not having a job
Talking about the money
Saving up money to pay for rent while she was away
What she did after she got back
Starting - Seize Your Adventure
Hearing from other people who also have epilepsy
Deciding to start a podcast!
What you can expect from the podcast
30 challenges before turning 30th
Training for the race to stones (100km race over 2 days)
Looking for size 5 trainers
Working through a training plan
Mental preparation for the race….
Dealing with brain fog
Deciding to invite 87 people to come and join her on her challenges throughout 2019
The Dos and Don’t when someone is having a seizure
Final advice and tips
Connect with Fran
Website - www.francescaturauskis.co.uk
Instagram personal @frantictwalks
Instagram podcast - @SYAdventurers