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.