Ex-beauty queen with rare condition wakes up with British accent

Ex-beauty queen with rare condition wakes up with British accent

Ex-beauty queen with rare condition wakes up 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 freakish turn when she woke up with a foreign accent. "Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", she said.

Three times in the past seven years, Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent. The British accent, however, is here to stay.

A rare medical condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome has only affected 100 persons over the last century.

Meyers told ABC that she has had a busy medical history, with regular visits to the hospital and a stack of medical records stocked at home.

Michelle said: "When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt, '".

She has also been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which causes bruising and painful joints, and, for the time being, it's also turned her British. Connective tissue works like mortar between bricks: it connects our organs but also keeps them separate.

She's not insane, she just suffers from a rare condition. Most of the symptoms are invisible and include: chronic pain and fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, and digestive disorders.

The former beauty queen has the love and support of her seven children even if there are people who are questioning the truthfulness of her claims. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she told the United Kingdom outlet.

With such a rare condition, many people are quick to judge and label her as "crazy" or "faking" the fact that her speaking mannerisms changed so drastically after she fell asleep with a headache.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers was quoted as saying in the report.

A U.S. woman woke up one morning with a British accent and has had it ever since due to a rare medical condition. Meyers said, adding that more people should take the condition seriously.

There's no cure for FAS, and although the pathology was discovered in 1907, the research on this uncommon disorder is just beginning. Sometimes, patients opt for accent reduction techniques with the help of a speech and language therapist.

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