Rare Disease Makes Woman Wake Up with Different Accents

Rare Disease Makes Woman Wake Up with Different Accents

Rare Disease Makes Woman Wake Up with Different Accents

Myers, a former Texas beauty queen, has never left the United States, making these accent changes after she fell asleep with a headache especially perplexing. After blinding headaches she has woken up with different accents three different times in the past seven years.

But a British accent has lingered for two years, the 45-year-old Arizona woman told ABC affiliate KNXV.

"They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon", said Myers.

No, she's not insane.

What Myers experienced may be a case of a rare illness called Foreign Accent Syndrome, or FAS.

Doctors believe the odd occurrence is linked to the severe headaches Myers was experiencing at the time, she told ABC affiliate KNXV.

Myers said she suffered a headache so severe in 2015 that her right eye went temporarily blind and she couldn't move the left side of her body.

Myers has another condition that could also be linked to her changing accents.

According to The University of Texas, FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a "foreign" accent. She now says the accent may actually be a good thing. This alters the way the person speaks (the rhythm and tone, for example), causing their speech to sound like a foreign accent.

Her life has been a series of trips in and out of the hospital, and she has a well-documented condition of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

In 2010, Robin Jenks Vanderlip from Fairfax, Virginia, started speaking with a Russian accent after falling down the stairwell and hitting her head.

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

In Myers' case, she woke up sounding like she spoke British English, as opposed to the American English she has spoken all her life.

The mom said she longs to return to her usual manner of speaking. "The person that I am now have been through a lot". She also likes painting, writing, and motivating people.

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

"For most people with the condition, it's caused by a brain injury or a stroke, but all my MRI scans came back clear", she said.

She continued: "At first, they thought I was just joking around, because I am a amusing person. We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me".

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