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This Woman's Rare Form Of Amnesia Makes Her Forget Everything Before 1994

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Michelle Philpots lives every day like it's 1994 - even if she doesn't want to.

The office worker from Spalding, England was in a pair of serious car accidents - a motorcycle crash in 1985 and a car crash in 1990 - that had a strange long-term effect on her brain. At first, it seemed like Philpots had developed epilepsy, and she suffered from seizures.

Philpots was in two serious traffic accidents.Masons

A surgery removed some of Spalding's damaged brain cells, preventing any more seizures, but the accidents caused lasting damage to her memory. Philpots struggled to recall details like people's names just minutes after meeting them, and was eventually fired for photocopying the same sheet of paper over and over.

Doctors diagnosed Philpots with "anterograde amnesia," a rare memory disorder that only affects her short-term memories. Everything after 1994 is a blur to Philpots - including her marriage to her husband Ian.

Ian and Michelle on their wedding day.Daily Mail

Every morning, when Philpots wakes up, Ian has to show her their family photo album to convince her they're really married. Ian says he's just lucky that Philpots met him before 1994, because otherwise she wouldn't remember him at all.

Their life together is anything but easy, but as it turns out there are a few upsides to losing your memory.

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