Because of a rare genetic disease, a woman woke up with different accents three times already. She was taken to the emergency room, where she woke up with a British accent that has been with her ever since. With such a rare condition, many people are quick to judge and label her as "crazy" or "faking" the fact that her speaking mannerisms changed so drastically after she fell asleep with a headache.
There's a medical reason for Meyers' problem - she's been diagnosed with a disorder called Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS).
"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers told KNXV.
Myers also suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which could be linked with her transient accents.
At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language centre 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. She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome.
"I was scared to go to the doctor, though, because I thought he'd say I was just insane, if I started sounding Irish, as I did at that point".
Meyers told ABC that she has had a busy medical history, with regular visits to the hospital and a stack of medical records stocked at home.
FAS is extremely rare and usually appears as a effect of a stroke, brain damage, and in Meyers' case, underlying medical issues. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".
As she watched a video of herself speaking normally with ABC, she stated that "I'm sad..." 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.
Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle. "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me", declares Myers.
"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she told the station.
A U.S. woman woke up one morning with a British accent and has had it ever since due to a rare medical condition.