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Room 5

BBC Radio 4
Society & CultureDocumentaryMedicineHealth & Fitness

What happens when a diagnosis changes everything? One afternoon, Helena Merriman walked into a doctor's surgery 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.


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 155 ratings
  • These stories are about folks who suffer twice - once for their medical malady and then also for the struggle to be diagnosed. Harrowing and helpful.

    Will Golihew
    7 months ago
  • Always surprising

    I love this podcast. I’m a medical nerd initially and approached each episode thinking I could anticipate the diagnoses. I did get a few but the majority were a surprise or shock. The episode I guessed within the first minute was Holly’s story from series 2 because it is also my story. I have listened to that episode several times as it is comforting in a way; it feels like a validation. So give it a listen, and who knows — you may hear someone else tell your story.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia8 months ago
  • Not my typical podcast but I love it!

    Podcast Addict
    8 months ago
  • Amazing

    Thank you for sharing these stories so sensitively. I have learned so much. Beautiful listening.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States10 months ago
  • Absorbing and moving

    These little snippets into the real worlds of a variety of people with rare health problems are fascinating, moving and just so interesting. The host Helen is excellent. Stories for those who want to know more than just their own corner of life, for those with illnesses who want to relate, and the generally curious.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago

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