Woman suffering from rare disease wakes with British accent

Michelle and her children

Michelle and her children

But in 2015, she went to bed with a raging headache and woke up with a British accent that will not go away.

She said that she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome, an extremely rare condition in which patients suddenly perceive themselves to speak with a foreign accent. It usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

Myers also suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which could be linked with her transient accents.

"When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt", said Myers. The severe headaches Myers experienced prior to her accent changes have been compared to "mini" strokes which can fundamentally alter certain brain function. However, the whole time speech remains highly intelligible and does not necessarily sound disordered. After suffering headaches throughout her life, in the past she has woken up speaking with Irish and Australian accents.

Doctors told Myers FAS was most likely a side effect caused by a hemiplegic migraine, a serious type of migraine headache with symptoms that are similar to a stroke. "But doctors aren't sure how exactly the migraines relate to foreign accent syndrome".

With such a rare disease, there aren't many resources dedicated to research.

Myers's situation is especially peculiar since her accent doesn't sound like a speech disruption-on the contrary, it comes across as quite refined. In 2010, a woman in Virginia reportedly spoke with a Russian accent after she fell down the stairs and hit her head, says The Washington Post.

"I am an author and public speaker, so when my voice changed, I lost the person that did all those things". Monrad-Krohn found her modified speech so strong that his trained ear took it for German or French.

According to The Sun, Myers can't pronounce her children's names the same, has been mistaken for a nanny and asked if she has a green card. "I'm sad [.], I feel like a different person".

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle. "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers said of FAS. Meyers said, adding that more people should take the condition seriously.

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