Imagine waking up with a different voice.
That's the nightmare that Arizona woman Michelle Myers says she's living after a particularly painful migraine. Myers, 45, has never been overseas, but she speaks with an accent that sounds British.
Myers, who says she's woken up before with Irish and Australian accents that faded in time, chatted with Glenn today to bring awareness to Foreign Accent Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that was first documented in 1907 and has been reported in cases around the world. Researchers have documented how brain injury and strokes can distort how patients speak to suggest a foreign accent.
"When I told my doctor I didn't feel well, he kept telling me I had hormone problems," Myers described the painful and blinding headaches that preceded her speech impediment. "All of a sudden, this Irish sound came out of my face."