Woman suffering from rare disease wakes with British accent

Michelle and her children

Michelle and her children

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. It is possible that this might have led to Myers's unusual change in accents.

According to Myers, there have been three separate instances where she has gone to sleep with a crippling headache only to find herself speaking with a new accent.

Michelle Meyers has lived in the United States all her life, and for most of it, she sounded the part. She was taken to the emergency room, where she woke up with a British accent that has been with her ever since.

She was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome. A headache left her speaking gibberish for a couple of days before her accent shifted. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain - to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - a group of disorders that affect connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other organs, and tissues.

Health professionals told Meyers that patients with Foreign Accent Syndrome often have underlying health issues, such as neurological damage or strokes.

"Who would do this for attention?"

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"I feel like a different person", Myers said. She said she stays positive, but she wants people to take her seriously.

This rare condition was first recorded by French neurologist Pierre Marie in 1907 after a man in Paris spoke a local German dialect after suffering a stroke.

Speech changes such as consonant substitution, voicing errors, vowel distortions, and prolongations are associated with FAS.

"In the cases of psychosis, the new accent persists throughout the entire episode and may disappear after the psychotic episode subsides", the authors of a 2015 case report identifying a 34-year-old woman who had symptoms of FAS and schizophrenia wrote.

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

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.

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