"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers, a former Texas beauty queen with seven kids, told KNXV-TV. For weeks, the 45-year-old woman inexplicably started to speak in different English accents, like Australian or Irish, which then disappeared.
Her latest bout with FAS in 2015 allowed her to speak British accent. Michelle Myers's said that she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past and woke up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent, The Washington Post reported.
Despite the diagnosis, Myers just wants her normal voice back.
"When I was little girl I used to always go to my mom and say my bones hurt", Myers said.
Although Myers is not believed to have ever had a stroke, she was also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome which causes skin bruising and can make the joints so flexible that they dislocate. 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.
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Foreign Accent Syndrome was first documented in 1907 by Pierre Marie, a French neurologist. It is usually linked to a stroke or neurological trauma or impairment.
Because this is such a rare condition, treatments are also lacking. "Rare diseases are very emotional. I feel like a different person". Little is known about Foreign Accent Syndrome other than its connection to neurological damage, and treatments for the illness aren't now clear. She now says the accent may actually be a good thing.
FAS is easier to understand when you think about the minute changes that characterize what we perceive to be an accent.
"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.
Above all, she wants people to take her seriously saying: "Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological".
Curiously, the woman, identified as Astrid L.in the journal, was able to hum well-known sounds in cadence, but it was her speech that showed discordant rhythm.