9 episodes

One afternoon, Helena Merriman walked into a doctor's surgery and was given a shock diagnosis. In Room 5, she interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

Room 5 BBC Podcasts

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

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One afternoon, Helena Merriman walked into a doctor's surgery and was given a shock diagnosis. In Room 5, she interviews people who - like her - were changed by a diagnosis.

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

    • 29 min
    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

    • 29 min
    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

    • 29 min
    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

    • 28 min
    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

    • 28 min
    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

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

ex4321 ,

EXCELLENT!

What a great show! So well produced and narrated. The show is entertaining yet conveys pertinent information about very serious medical conditions.

Purpledog99 ,

If only…

These stories are so helpful for people going through the worry and uncertainty of diagnosis. I’m sure looking back, these would have helped pull me through that initial all consuming fear and panic! It’s just the kind of support you need… real life patient situations with thoughts from their specialists in a podcast.

LanPhantom ,

Brilliant Podcast

This is one of my favorite podcasts. Very well done and the narration by Helen feels like silk flowing into my ears. I listened to all of them in a couple days. It reminds us that we all are dealing with something in our lives and not to be afraid or ashamed to discuss it with someone. Don’t wait, reach out and seek advice or help. You’ll more than likely find that many others just like you are going through the same situation. You are not alone.

Well done Helen, I can’t wait for the next podcast you produce.

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