Former Texas beauty queen with rare disease wakes with British accent

Former Texas beauty queen with rare disease wakes with British accent

Former Texas beauty queen with rare disease wakes with British accent

Getting a headache and going to bed to sleep it off is nothing out of the ordinary, but for an Arizona woman it took a freaky turn when she woke up with a foreign accent.

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle.

Initially, Michelle Myers began waking up with Irish and Australian accents, but those began to dissipate after a few weeks.

She says it is difficult to listen back to how she used to be is hard adding that she really misses the way she used to say her kids' names.

Three times in the past seven years, she has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent.

"I started having problems with my voice. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever", she told The Sun.

Myers was embarrassed. She figured the accent would eventually go away, and it did.

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In May 2015, Myers was rushed to the emergency room due to severe headache that lasted for days.

"It's actually quite risky", Myers said. TIA happens when the blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked or reduced.

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.

The majority of people who develop the condition do so following a stroke or traumatic brain injury. The former Texas beauty queen now lives in Arizona, and says she suffers from a rare condition that has changed the way she speaks three times.

Myers also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a genetic connective tissue disorder, though experts said there's no proof this contributed to the accent change. Symptoms of this condition range from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications. "Who would do this for attention?"

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she said. "I'm certainly not the first person with [FAS]". "No one could understand me".

Meyers wants to make clear she's not faking it or insane. According to doctors, this condition, although extremely rare, is indeed real. However, this is the first time an accent has lasted more than a week.

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