9 episodes

What happens when a diagnosis changes everything?

One afternoon, Helena Merriman walked into a doctor's office and was given a shock diagnosis.

In this series, she interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis. Told through an immersive sound design, this intimate series shines a light on misunderstood conditions, asking how we cope when our bodies and our minds no longer behave as we want them to.

Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Editor: Emma Rippon
Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

#Room5

End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

Room 5 BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

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What happens when a diagnosis changes everything?

One afternoon, Helena Merriman walked into a doctor's office and was given a shock diagnosis.

In this series, she interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis. Told through an immersive sound design, this intimate series shines a light on misunderstood conditions, asking how we cope when our bodies and our minds no longer behave as we want them to.

Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Editor: Emma Rippon
Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

#Room5

End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    8: Helena

    8: Helena

    ‘It’s like being trapped in a room with a terrifying creature.’

    A few months after her son was born, Helena realises something is wrong. Her search for answers leads to a difficult decision.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

    7: Andrea

    7: Andrea

    ‘My inbox on instagram was full of women saying thank you so much.’

    The pain began when Andrea was a teenager. When she was given a diagnosis, she wanted to find a way of explaining it to the world.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Steve Bond

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

    6: Jordan

    6: Jordan

    ‘A light breeze can quickly turn into a desert storm.’
    On his last day of the school year, 17-year-old Jordan starts seeing and hearing the world differently. Hours later, he’s in a police station, struggling to hold onto himself before his mind unravels.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

    5: Gavanndra

    5: Gavanndra

    ‘When I wasn’t high, I felt very sad and very scared.’
    Twenty years on, Gavanndra is struggling to make sense of a childhood trauma. Then she meets a psychologist who has an idea.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

    4: Joel

    4: Joel

    ‘I stare at my own reflection, trying to remind myself that I’m not dead.’
    Joel never understood why he felt different to other people. Then a revelation in India sets him on a journey to find answers.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.


    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Steve Bond

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

    3: Serena

    3: Serena

    ‘I wiped my tears away and had to carry on with the party.’
    When Serena is given an unexpected diagnosis, she has to make a life-changing decision.

    In Room 5, Helena Merriman interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

    Written, presented and produced by Helena Merriman
    Composer: Jeremy Warmsley
    Sound Design: Eloise Whitmore

    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Editor: Emma Rippon
    Commissioning Editor: Richard Knight

    #Room5

    End song: Miffed by Tom Rosenthal

    If you have a story you’d like to share you can email: room5@bbc.co.uk

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

songsparrow1 ,

So good

Perfect combination of medical stories of unusual diagnoses and a soothing narrator. This has been missing in the podcast world.

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