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Serene Branson Reflects on Grammy Scare

CBS2 reporter Serene Branson gave viewers quite the scare one year ago during a live report from the 2011 Grammys when she started to slur her speech and struggled to get her words out.

While Branson appeared to be having a stroke on live TV, she was actually suffering from a migraine.

“On one hand, it feels like it was just yesterday because I still remember those feelings so vividly. But, on the other hand, I feel like I’ve come so far and I’m much more comfortable sitting here talking with you about it now than I was a year ago,” Branson told fellow CBS2 colleague Pat Harvey.

Branson now gets regular screenings at UCLA and is prepared if she’s faced with a similar situation.

“So, I’m very mindful of what I’m eating. I’m very mindful when I travel to try and stay hydrated. I keep the migraine medicine with me. I know that when I feel those symptoms coming on I can take something and be OK.”

The Emmy-award winning reporter, who now speaks on behalf of the National Headache Foundation, has since returned to work and is co-anchoring the new CBS2/KCAL weekend morning newscasts.

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