Woman Fell Asleep With A Headache And Woke Up With British Accent

Because of a rare genetic disease a woman woke up with different accents three times already

Because of a rare genetic disease a woman woke up with different accents three times already

This wasn't the first time Myers, 45, woke up with an accent. I try to explain that I am American and they say, 'Why, because you got your green card?' thinking I'm foreign, but have married a USA citizen.

Michelle Myers says she has not been able to shake her "Mary Poppins" London accent for two years, according to ABC affiliate KNXV.

KNXV reports that Michelle Myers isn't making it up, and something similar actually happened to her twice before. This condition is a disease that causes easy bruising, rupturing blood vessels and causing painful joints that can easily dislocate. The severe headaches Myers experienced prior to her accent changes have been compared to "mini" strokes which can fundamentally alter certain brain function.

That's disturbing enough on its own, but this isn't even the first time Myers has experienced a headache-prompted voice change. Typically seen in people who've suffered strokes or a brain injury, the disorder results in a sudden change to the language center of a person's brain and leaves them with a "foreign" accent.

And one particular person seems to come to mind when she speaks.


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.

According to the Washington Post, the disorder was discovered in 1907, when the French neurologist Pierre Marie observed a stroke patient who pivoted to an Alsatian accent.

Her lack of a Texas' twang makes people question whether or not she's faking. This alters the way the person speaks (the rhythm and tone, for example), causing their speech to sound like a foreign accent. So when she one day addressed her family with a British accent, despite spending her life in Texas and Arizona, everyone took it as a joke. While the origins of her condition aren't now clear other than the connection to a chronic illness, she honestly doesn't care where the accent changes came from - only that she receives the help that she needs. "And if I say odd things like 'I'm just going to the loo, ' it's really weird, as I sound just like a Brit". I feel like myself, it's just it comes out differently.

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