Woman suffering from rare disease wakes with British accent

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle Myers' accent is global, but she has never left the country. After blinding headaches she has woken up with different accents three different times in the past seven years.

She's gone from an American English accent to speaking with an Irish, Australian and even a British accent, local U.S. media reports. "They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon".

It's not clear whether Myers suffered a stroke or other brain damage that may have caused her FAS episode, but she does suffer from another condition, called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers told ABC affiliate KNXV. Myers also suffers from a condition that causes bruising and painful joints.

That's disturbing enough on its own, but this isn't even the first time Myers has experienced a headache-prompted voice change.

According to the University of Dallas, FAS usually manifests itself through changes of intonation or rhythm in the manner of speaking, but sometimes it can sound like an accent taken from another language. Talking with foreign accents have had notable effects on her well-being, as a crucial part of her identity goes through a frequent flux. "I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever", she told The Sun. The extremely rare disorder typically occurs following strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage to the language center of the brain, causing patients to develop an accent that is different from the native language, without having acquired it in the perceived accent's place of origin. One Virginia woman, for instance, suffered a concussion when she fell rattling down the stairs, then awoke speaking in a Russian accent.

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She's not insane, she just suffers from a rare condition. Several other sufferers of Foreign Accent Syndrome have captured worldwide attention in recent years, such as 48-year-old Terri White from Yorkshire in Northern England. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.

In 2016, Lisa Alamia, a Rosenberg woman started sounding British after waking up from jaw surgery.

Odd as it may be, Myers said she has come to terms with her speaking voice.

It's unclear precisely what triggered Myers' symptoms - or if she actually has FAS or something else entirely. I feel like myself, it's just it comes out differently.

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle. Meyers said, adding that more people should take the condition seriously. "I try to tell people, I'm still me".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she said.

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