Arizona woman wakes up with British accent

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"When I was little girl I used to always go to my mom and say my bones hurt", Myers said.

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers, a former Texas beauty queen with seven kids, told KNXV-TV.

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says.

In Myers' case, she woke up sounding like she spoke British English, as opposed to the American English she has spoken all her life. As far as doctors can tell, it's also this syndrome that caused her to take on different accents after she fell asleep with a headache. She has never been to Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom, but a rare medical condition made her speak the native accents of the said countries. She suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome, which is a rare condition that is usually associated with a stroke, neurological damage or another underlying health issue.

"I started crying and they realized something was really wrong", she said, India Times reported.

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. Both incidents lasted one week. When she woke up in the morning, she was speaking with a foreign accent.

It was proven that Myers is not insane nor is she faking her changing accents. This alters the way the person speaks (the rhythm and tone, for example), causing their speech to sound like a foreign accent.

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Myers suggests her diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which caused her chronic pain from childhood into adulthood, could have triggered her accent change. "I realize it's part of me now", the woman told the British tabloid the Sun.

Unusual as it may be, Myers said she has come to terms with her speaking voice.

"I am an author and public speaker, so when my voice changed, I lost the person that did all those things". "I'm sad [.], I feel like a different person".

But her outlook is positive. There have been cases where FAS has resolved on its own within a couple of months or years, but other cases have evolved and the condition can be permanent, as seems to be the case for Myers.

And above all, she wants people to take her seriously.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological. And if I say unusual things like 'I'm just going to the loo, ' it's really weird, as I sound just like a Brit". "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained.

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