Mom wakes up with British accent. She's never left the US

Mom wakes up with British accent. She's never left the US

Michelle Myers has never left the United States, but she now has a British accent. In fact, it began back in 2010 when Myers tried to sleep off a headache only to wake up with a garbled Irish accent.

The British one, however, has lingered for about two years at this point and she has now come to terms with the possibility of speaking like Mary Poppins indefinitely. Michelle Myers's said that she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent, The Washington Post reported.

No, she's not insane.

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.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers told a local ABC affiliate.

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It turns out Meyers suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a disease that Ehlers-Danlos Support UK defines as "a group of thirteen individual genetic conditions, all of which affect the body's connective tissue".

Myers said doctors ruled that she had a transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke. She now wonders whether her voice will ever change again.

According to the University of Texas at Dallas, FAS is a type of speech disorder that can cause a sudden change to a person's speech so that the native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign intonation or accent. In most cases, it accompanies neurological damage, a stroke, or any other unknown health issues that the patient might have.

Because this is such a rare condition, treatments are also lacking. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.

Making all these changes consistently - every time they utter a certain vowel, letter, or consonant - is what distinguishes people with the syndrome from someone attempting an accent.

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"I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people", she said. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

It's unclear precisely what triggered Myers' symptoms - or if she actually has FAS or something else entirely.

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle. "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me".

She continued: "At first, they thought I was just joking around, because I am a amusing person".

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