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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.

Each episode in this series focuses on an individual story of a person who experienced a shock medical diagnosis and how they came to terms with it. The podcast takes its name – ‘Room 5’ – from the number of the room where the journalist Helena Merriman received her diagnosis. Each episode is different, but all are a roller coaster of emotions and most are very uplifting. I hope there will be another series.