Have you ever gone to bed as one nationality and woken up as a different one? Michelle Myers did. The Arizona native describes going to bed with a severe headache and waking up the following morning feeling much better. When she spoke to tell her family that, however, they simply stared at her, wondering what she was doing.
That’s because Michelle currently speaks with a full British accent, which started out as more of an Irish accent. While her family thought it was a joke at first, they eventually realized that their mother didn’t even know she was doing it. Moreover, she couldn’t help it.
Doctors who have diagnosed her believe she has Foreign Accent Syndrome, likely spurred on from the headaches she had been experiencing. The condition is incredibly rare and has no other side effects other than the person suddenly speaking with a foreign accent. “Everyone only sees or hears Mary Poppins,” Michelle described. “I guess you still have it in your head. I feel like a different person.”
This isn’t the first time that the 45-year-old mother has experienced this. In the past she’s been admitted to the hospital due to the immense pain caused by the headaches and has awoken with Australian accents. The difference between then and now, though, is that the accent usually lasted around a week. Her current British accent has lasted two years. Since then Michelle has strived to keep a positive outlook and just desires to be taken seriously.