Arizona woman wakes up with British accent

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The Independent reported that the former beauty queen now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States. After blinding headaches she has woken up with different accents three different times in the past seven years.

In this current episode, however, the British accent has persisted for about two years, she said.

"They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Myers said. It's an extremely rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

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

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According to the Mayo Clinic, it's a disease that causes easy bruising, rupturing blood vessels and painful joints that are overly elastic to the point of easily dislocating.

Doctors have diagnosed the woman, who has seven children, with Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS).

Two years ago she went down with a crippling headache and woke up with a Cockney accent she's had ever since. 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. Talking with foreign accents have had notable effects on her well-being, as a crucial part of her identity goes through a frequent flux.

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.

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The condition was first documented in 1907, when French neurologist Pierre Marie surveyed a Parisian man who suffered a stroke and suddenly spoke with an Alsatian accent, though he was not from the Germany-France border region where the language is spoken. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".

"I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people", she said.

Myers isn't alone in her confusion.

It wasn't until 1982, that the term "foreign-accent syndrome" was coined by neurolinguist Harry Whitaker, Julie Beck wrote for The Atlantic in 2016. She said she stays positive, but she wants people to take her seriously.

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"People would think it was a joke, saying things like, 'You sound like a Spice Girl, ' " she told The Sun, a British tabloid.

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