Serene Branson Talks About Her Live Medical Emergency

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Millions of viewers witnessed CBS2 Reporter Serene Branson’s medical emergency live on TV during the station’s newscast following the Grammy Awards.

Branson, an Emmy-award winning reporter, was doing her live shot outside Staples Center Sunday when her words became incoherent and she exhibited symptoms of a severe medical condition.  Today Branson spoke with Anchorwoman Pat Harvey about her terrifying experience.

“My head was definitely pounding and I was very uncomfortable and I knew something wasn’t right,” Branson told Harvey.  “I was terrified and confused.  Confused. What had just happened? At that point they sat me down, then my right cheek went numb.  My right hand went numb and I lost some sensation in my arm.”

Video of Branson went viral on YouTube and after wild speculation about the causes of her episode, tests conducted by Branson’s doctor confirmed that she had suffered a migraine and that the symptoms — dizziness, nausea and garbled speech – mimic a stroke.  Since the broadcast, Branson has also learned that the migraines are hereditary and that her mother also suffers from them.

When asked if she is ready to come back to work, Branson said, “I got to get ready for the Oscar’s now Pat.  My boss has already asked if I’m ready and I expressed to him that I am anxious and eager to get back to being back at work and I’m ready to be telling the story and not be the story.”

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  • Eileen Leiva

    Our entire family sends our heartfelt thoughts of Love and prayers to you Serene. We wish you many blessings, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!

    • The Rev. D. Mitchell Evans

      I have had migraines since I was in eighth grade. They are very painful. I have the aura, the numbness, but fortunately no pain as a result of advancements in medication. I do, however, take several days to recover completely. Recently, I have had to take Topamax as a result of the frequency of my migraines. People with migraines suffer from a painful and incurable disability. My prayers go out for you, Serene. God bless you.

    • Terri Lytle

      I have hemiplegic migraines and your story sounded just like mine. Watch the pressure and keep an eye on the weather caffeine and chocolate help me out even though the doctors will tell you not to eat and drink it, it helps out a lot. Watch MSG that will put you into an “attack” right now. Do not be alarmed if your vision changes that’s part of it. This sucks and I won’t tell you that it doesn’t I have lived with it for 11 years in Aug. The most important piece of advise I can give you is get a medic alert bracelet to identify your problem otherwise you will be treated like a stroke victim. Good luck and I hope that you will not have to go through this as long as I have.

    • Amy

      The video sent me into flash backs!!! I too suffer from complex migraines and found out I had such a diagnosis from experiencing a similar experience. It was awful! I ended up in the local stroke ward and am now being treated thankfully. I still experience migraines but thankfully due to my exceptional doctors and wonderful treatment I can say they are under control. My heart goes out to you, Serene! Hang in there :)

    • JoAnne Coyne

      Thank God she is ok…but can I say how irresponsible the people around her were that aloowed her to go home. She stated that her speedc did not return until the following day. That is un believably negligent of the emergency services and anyone who was with her. The potential for the unknown was over wheliming…..very poor decision. Serena could not be expected to make that decision at the time and some one should have mandated her immediate transfer to the hospital. It should also be the responsibiltiy of CBS to broadcast the dangerous , life threatenig risk that was at hand.Serena is lucky nothing happened .

      • marky

        You had headache, but since you are a news anchor, you feel the need to cry about and make it some kind of public spectacle. If it was some regular office worker in downtown, and they asked you to do a article to bring awareness to headaches, you would have laughed the request out of your office as you sipped your morning Starbucks latte. Media folks make me (and so many others sick).

      • MaryEllen

        An adult can refuse medical care for any reason at any time even if everyone else believes the patient is making a “very poor decision”. The medical personnel at the scene can only offer, advise care and warn of the possible consequences of refusing care; to do more without her consent would have been an assault.

      • MrNiceGuy

        Correct MaryEllen. Someone cannot be forced to seek medical care except in rare instances.

    • Benedicta Robinsons

      I am sorry you had to experience a migraine, especially on national t.v., however, I feel compelled to explain what a “severe” migraine truly is. It is spots that start in either eye, followed by numbness in face and hands, slurred speech, severe vomiting, and then total loss of eye sight. How do I know this? I started having these at the age of 5 years old, at least 3 to 4 times a month. These migraines followed me through to my freshman year of high school. Thankfully they miraculously stopped. Through that time, I never knew when they were going to happen, but when they did (which could have been in the class room or during a soccer or basketball game) my life became total pain and misery for about 2 days. Up until my mid thirties, I was migraine free, thanking God every day for protecting me from them. I am now 45 and have had probably 10 since my mid thirties, not as severe as when I was a kid. My mom had severe migraines, going into convulsions, I watch my daughter and son have severe migraines; the same as the ones I had and it is heart breaking to watch them suffer through them. So, after watching your interview the first thought that came to my head was “this isn’t severe.” Severe is when you can’t walk away and go home without someone pretty much carrying you because you can’t see or feel. I’m not saying yours wasn’t scary or real; I just want to speak for those with truly, truly severe migraines who have never been seen on t.v. having one, that there are worse cases and those are the ones I feel horrible for because I have been there and watch my kids go through it also. Every day, average people need a voice and I guess for once I am speaking out. I pray that yours will not get any worse, because I would not want anyone to feel and experience that much pain and suffering. S.R. from Maine

      • Jose Disliker

        You have NO clue what you’re talking about. Please stop with the nonsense.

      • Johnson

        SR from Maine: These are the type of migraines that I have. My auras are just like what you described, and I speak very much the way that I saw on the clip of Ms. Branson. That is what people sound like to me as well… can’t make much sense of anything. And its very frightening! Partly because you never know when it will happen, and then because you don’t know how people are going to react to you, are you going to be safe, etc. Mine started around the time I was a freshman in HS, but at the beginning, I would only get one a couple times a year, but they increased to the point that I have sometimes several a week. I am 37 now, and just had one two days ago. That one wasn’t too severe, as I was still able to walk and such, but many many times I am not able to walk, even if I can see, because my legs are numb or if they aren’t numb, the right one moves when I am trying to move the left one and/or vice versa. Its never the same, so its not predictible. I started having the severe aura in class several different times 20 years ago when I was in Pharmacy school, and basically was removed from the program d/t the professors thought I was high or drunk or just fooling around being disrespectful.
        I feel for anyone who has to go through anything at all like this! I will say that it is interesting that someone has finally publicly experienced this with such attention by the media and etc. I got several calls and emails from various people who said, “OMG that reminded me so much of you!” One was even a former employer/supervisor who had fired me from a job because I got the aura in front of a client and wasn’t able to do my job…. Again, thought at the time that I was just being disrespectful, but…. now he believes me!

      • Donna Dearing

        You only saw what happened first. I would say a headache that paralyzes you along with the vomiting lost of vision etc is severe. My daughter has these. After DNA testing they told her she has what they call hemiplegic migraines. If they give her the medicine for a stroke she will die.Sometime they last for days we never know how long they will last. They are inherited. The migraines my mother and I had are the same as what you have. We don’t have them anymore, my mother has dementia now. I wonder at times if it is related. My daughter takes a beta blocker after trying several different things. She still has them about once or twice a month and has a mild headache pretty much daily. I pray for a cure.

      • Hmm...

        I have to agree with JRMDA. While it is terrible that you have suffered migraines so much worse than Ms. Branson’s, your tone comes off as if you were brushing aside her episode as nothing more than an opportunity to complain about your own, and describe yours as “a real migraine”, implying that hers was not. Maybe that wasn’t your intent at all. I can’t know what your _intent_ was, but I can offer you some insight as to how it came across. Marginalizing someone else’s suffering to showboat your own just isn’t nice. Yes, I see where you hedge yourself and claim in advance that’s not what you’re doing. But I respectfully disagree with you when you say _in as many words_ that her episode was not severe. Undermining her ability to so much as _speak_ coherently? Yes, that’s severe. It is truly horrible that your migraines were that bad. But it seems that that in addition to costing you some time out of your life while you suffered through them, they have also (apparently) cost you some compassion for a person whose suffering is any less than your own.

      • JRMDA

        Migraines comes in all forms. Some with excrutiating pain, some without. There are all different types, and all are terrifying! You can’t measure what you think is severe to what someone else things is severe. I have a chronic pain condition, but I know that I may feel it differently that someone else, so I never ever compare. My pain is the worst to me, and their’s is to them. Pain is very subjective.

      • MigraineJen

        Exactly. Severe is a subjective word. What you and your family have experienced sounds terrible, and I am so sorry. I also have migraines, and I would assure you having what looks stroke-like on live TV was pretty severe to her!

        All migraines are severe, if you ask me. Symptoms and severity can vary, but any neurological event that wreaks havoc on your body, is never mild. Also, this isn’t a contest for who has the worst migraines. We should just be happy it’s being talked about.

      • SDHSS

        Thank you JRMDA and MigraineJen – Exactly! Don’t belittle others pain so you can one up them! Sorry for your pain Benedicta but give me a break, REALLY, you can’t just say you are sorry and know how it feels?

      • Sherry H

        You cannot compare the manifestations of a migraine by saying one is worse than another. I have had the same experience as the reporter, and I can tell you that ‘terror’ is an understatement when you attempt to speak…but gibberish proceeds from your mouth. At the time, my symptoms were thought to indicate a TIA,a kind of mini-stroke. Later they were determined to be the results of a migraine. My aunt suffered from the type of headaches you mentioned, but she knew how to deal with them–dark rooms and sleep–and she was not afraid. True terror is hearing unintelligible noises coming out of your mouth when you try to speak.

      • Erika

        I have suffered from the exact same thing as Ms. Branson, and was diagnosed with complex migraines. The first time something like this happens and you can’t talk, it is incredibly terrifying. Then there is also the worry that it will happen again when in public. I cannot even imagine experiencing it in front of millions of viewers on live tv. To try to compare migraines in order to seem like yours is worse, is not only immature but unhelpful. Shame on you!

      • James

        I have experienced migraines since about the age of 10 or 11. I’ve heard it said if you start having them very young, almost from infancy, you will grow out of them. I do not suffer from them as often as I used to. At one point I was getting something like two a week. I took ergotamines for a while, but they caused bradycardia, or slow hear beat. I have been exercising with weights for nearly 25 years now. Sometimes I can beat the migraine with a good workout if I can begin before it puts me down. I can also avoid the vomiting and need to lie down with ibuprophen. They are not fun. I wouldn’t wish them on my worst enemy. My mother also suffered with them into her eighties, as did my middle sister.

      • R.W. in GA

        I’m sorry, but you don’t have a monopoly on pain associated with migraines. I have “severe” migraines (by your definition) with the exception of total vision loss. I have been summoned to a dark, silent room for a week at a time because the pain is unbearable. Vision loss is not the defining factor in respect to migraines. I also have had speech difficulty….I’ve stood before a group of people and NOTHING come out of my mouth. It’s humilitating. Sure, when people know what the issue is, they are understanding, but it’s very embarassing all the same. This otherwise eloquent woman was on TV and publicly suffered a manifestation of a medical condition. It seems you would be happier is she had been grasping blindly for assistance…then she would have suffered from a REAL migraine. TSK. TSK. Where in the world is your empathy?

      • chloe

        wow, thats pretty lame of you to tell someone that their experience wasn’t a big deal. Since when did this become a “severe migraine” competition? It’s not her fault that she is a public broadcasting figure who just so happen to be on camera while her symptoms occurred. I am sure if you were reporting on an event that 26 million people were watching while suffering from your condition, people would want to interview you as well.

        So i guess my point is, become a news reporter because you’re clearly jealous of her momentary disability Fame.

      • Toby James

        I also suffered from migraines at one point, but I hardly think if what happened to Serene Branson was the type of migraine you describe and which I recall, this would be the first time she experienced it. I also find it ridiculous that she is just finding out that her mother suffers from migraines. What is she? Eleven years old?

      • Sonya Reich

        My 25 yr old son has these and has had them since age 16. We thought it was caffeine which really does trigger them. The hospital is no help at all. His hand goes numb and immediately he takes Imitrex and some ibuprofen. Here is his typical migraine: one arm goes numb, loss of vision, slurred speech. Then he completely wacks out meaning he has no control of what he is saying and nor does he remember anything that happened past the slurred speech. He has had MRI’s, MRA’s and his brain looks good and so do the vessels. It is tremendously hard to watch him rip out IV’s and have no comprehension. He seems so tormented although he never remembers anything. The headaches come after all of the symptoms.

    • Erin Nordaby

      I am happy that Mrs. Branson is feeling better and that she knows what happened to her.
      I know the first time I had symptoms I thought I was having a stroke too (actually in my case a minor stroke). Then it took months to find a diagnosis. Even to this day when I try to explain that I have Migraine Syndrome with Silent Migraines, very few people understand my illness.

      I do hope Mrs. Branson gets the best medical care, understand her disorder, and continues to have a great career!!

      • Lindy

        God Bless Mrs. Bronson, and yes, she’s fortunate that it has resolved.

        II’ve had this syndrome as well. (It was associated loss of vision in the left half of periphery, (“visual field defect”), together with the speech garbling, (“aphasia”), right sided grip weakness,

        Once I was diagnosed, and it took some time, just like Erin’s experience,they called it “atypical migraine”. It is surprising to learn of other who have had this experience, as I’ve never known anyone who did.

        It does seem to present in different ways, since I’ve also had the severe frank migraines with light sensitivity, pounding headache, and nausea. Gradually these episodes have gotten less frequent. I was placed on an aspirin a day, which has been very very successful.

        Thanks to everyone whose had these problems for relating their experiences, as I mentioned, its been surprising to learn of others with this strange, and very debilitating migraine issues. And I echo Erin’s wishes for Mrs. Branson.

      • Jonathan

        Yes, migraine is a severely misdiagnosed and misunderstood neurological disease, and this event really showed that in the most dramatic manner. At the Migraine Research Foundation we are dedicated to raising the funds to support the researchers looking for the answers. One of those researchers is the doctor whom Ms. Branson’s neurologist consulted with at UCLA. Check us out:

    • Joe Stallard

      I’ve the same condition since 2000. They are not as severe as they were in the bigining but still come up from time to time. In the begining I would have an eppisode on day 1, day 2 I was weak and had sore eyes, and day 3 was another weak day. Neurologist worked for 2 years to find a combination of preventive meds. I rarely have a true headache but I always have the numbness of the entire right side. I take 10 pills in the morning and 4 at night. My help came from taking Aggrenox and Indernal. It ending up taking a visit to a lady doctor at Vanderbi;t Hospital to solve the medicine miystery. I know the fear that you felt and it is treatable to a certain extent. God Bless

    • Bob

      If she has suffered from migraines her whole life, I can see where it could happen. But has anyone checked to see if this is true, or is this a convenient excuse for a possibe drug-related on-air meltdown? The fact she went home supports the drug theory, not the migraine theory. Ask Ted Kennedy, it’s much easier to go home to “clean up” and get your story straignt later.

      • gabe

        So, here’s what a migraine is and why it has the name. The first symptoms are not a headache, but actually more like a stroke: loss of speech, vision, motor skills, caused by constricting blood vessels in the brain. The actual headache doesn’t come on until the body tries to compensate for this by dilating those blood vessels, the extra blood flow is what my doctors told me causes the intense head pain. It’s called a migraine because it “migrates” across the body.

      • Gwenn

        You’re an idiot, plain and simple, How many people need to explain this to you. A neurologist isn’t good enough for you. Or perhaps this will be the ‘new’ excuse you give your family while YOU are high

      • icg

        I had never had an episode until I was in my thirties. It came out of nowhere and I thought I was having a stroke. My mother and brother suffered from migraines and I had counted myself blessed – as I didn’t have them. Then landed in the hospital out of the blue. It can happen.

      • Neva Kinney

        This is a very real and serious medical condition. I have experienced these same symtoms the last 40 years….to downplay what other people have to deal with healthwise leads me to believe you could do with a little courtesy….Thank the good Lord you are blessed with good health. Referring to Bob in previous comment!!!!! I know of no other of my relatives who have suffered with migraines….Now maybe and hopefully more people will be aware and a cure can be found!!!!

      • Becky Stabler

        Dude you are so wrong. Apparently you have never suffered this way. And it is ignorant people like you that make it bad for us sufferers. Pull up your pants and talk right.

    • Veronica Ondrejech


      I’m glad you feel better and I’m sorry you had a migraine on live TV. Migraines with the aura are scary, and no one wants to have to deal with one in public let alone on live TV. I used to be a reporter as well and I always had that fear in the back of my mind as I’ve been fighting migraines for over 20 years.

      I am so proud of you turning your experience into an educational experience, especially sharing your thoughts on being afraid and scared. I think it helps people understand that this isn’t just a “headache”.

      As a reporter you want to share a story not “be” the story and I don’t think you intended to be the “poster child” for migraine sufferers, but I do hope that you continue to speak about the experience and educate others on what they are and what you’ve learned.

      I’ve seen so many specialists for migraines and they all say the same thing, learn to know your triggers and avoid them.

      One trigger is stress (good luck with that one) and another is bright lights. That may be difficult to avoid with being a television reporter. One more great one involves pressure changes in the atmosphere (we had a storm in CA this week).

      I’ve tried preventatives, beta blockers, but taking something every day for the occasional migraine doesn’t make sense to me. Nutritional advice might help, magnesium and B vitamins are supposed to help, but not always.

      I’m always looking on the internet and trying to find research or solutions to see what can be done because I’d love to find the best solution. One that I can’t find anywhere is one that has worked fairly well for me is botox for migraines. Ask your neurologist about it and see what he says. I lived in LA and a friend told me about her plastic surgeon in Santa Monica who offered this procedure. They put the botox along the hairline and it stops the migraines from occurring. It worked for me for a few years and then I moved away from LA to San Luis Obispo. I had to call all over to find a doctor who knew about this procedure up here, but I found one and it worked again. You do have to return every 3-4 months and insurance doesn’t cover it (yet). Unfortunately, my Dr. passed away a few months ago in a small plane accident in Mexico while involved in the doctors without borders program. I felt horrible searching for a new doctor but another migraine forced me to look again for a Doctor who offered the procedure. I’ve found one recently but needle placements are a little different and procedure doesn’t work as well, so there is a science to it. Perhaps you can research this procedure and/or try it, if it works for you as well you can get more information about this procedure out to women who suffer migraines. I’m really amazed this information isn’t more available, it’s pretty much the only thing that has worked for me.

      Again, good luck with the migraines, we all feel for you and wish you the best. Thank you again for sharing your story, that’s what journalism is all about, sharing stories

    • David Clark

      Two years ago while sitting at dinner my right arm slowly became numb and my speech became garbled. I was confused at first and knew what I wanted to say but couldn’t get the words to come out right. We immediately went to the hospital and of course spent several hours waiting with no one treating me like an emergency. I was sent home and told that the suspected that I had had a TIA. Two days later while out getting groceries and standing in line it happened again and couldn’t explain to the clerk what was going on. I was able to drive home and was fine. The next day while in the garage, now being nervous, I kept talking to myself making sure my language was making sense and all of a sudden it started again. This time by the time I got to the hospital, I was unconcious and admittind to ICU for several days. After having several tests run the decided that I had not had a stroke but had had a severe migrane. I had had migranes through out my life but nothing like this. I went to see a neurologist, was put on medication, and have no further complications for which I am grateful. I was somewhat embarrased that it was a migrane and not a stroke however grateful. This does serve as a warning for anyone who has these warning signs that it is EXTREMELY important to take an aspiring immediately and get to the emergency room. It is the difference between life and death. My thoughts go out to Serene and I and so grateful that you did not suffer a stroke as was originally thought.

    • dan s

      who gives a flying fork?

    • Andrea Armendariz

      Serene: I have the same thing. Ask your dr. about taking Verapamil. It is a calcium beta blocker and it is miraculous.. One tablet a day and I am good. This exaCT THINGhappened to me ll years ago. Gibberish, numbness in face, I could not even write. Dr. thought it was a stroke, or tia. PLEASE ASK ABOUT THIS MEDICATION!!!!!!ALL THE BEST TO YOU, SERENE. GOD BLESS.

    • Headcase

      To Serene, the moment I saw the video I knew, as I have suffered the same complex migraines -slurred speach, visual auras, hand/face numbness (lasting exactly 30 minutes before headache onset)- since I was 19; I’m 57 now. Dr’s blamed it on my achiever/perfectionist personality, stress, etc. Most embarrasing/inconvenient when making presentations, meeting with developers, conducting board mtgs. After yrs living in Texas/Florida and tracking symptons I was able to conclude mine are triggered largely by rapid drops in barometric pressure (storms, hurricanes, plane trips etc) rather than stress or food. For me Execedrin Migraine at immediate onset works as well as prescription to reduce the subsequent headache with fewer side effects. Contact me if you want more experiential info. Thanks for going public.

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    • Lisa

      My daughter had issues like that for awhile. The migraines started when she was eleven and progressively got worse. We called 911 when her whole left side whent numb. After many doctor visits and other issues that went along with it (slurred speech and stuttering, etc.), she was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. The medicine does work for her, and we hope and pray that it will for you. God bless you!

      • Donna Dearing

        MY daughter has them also.they put her on beta blockers it has helped but she still has them about once or twice a month. My daughter first one was when she was eight and she is in her thirty’s now. I pray for serene and for your daughter Lisa because I know how horrible and terrifying they can be.

    • candy

      Watched in horror as Serena symptoms are EXACTLY mine!
      But my doctors said it was siezure-anyone else connect these?

  • JRS

    I am so glad Serene is doing well. I also suffer from migraines and can totally understand this situation. I don’t know Mrs. or Ms. Branson from anything other than the viral video clips and coverage of her ordeal (sorry). But my heart instantly went out to her, and a prayer was said for her, and I’m just glad she is okay.

  • Barack Andajardplayc.

    It sure was funny, though.

    • Bob


  • 123

    i get a migraine too daily and take meds if it gets to severe. i am so glad that your okay serene. looking forward to see the interview.

  • Dr Michael Pilon

    Please look into the NTI oral appliance Dr Jim Boyd of San Diego developed it as a result of migraines that forced him to quite practice., he reviewed migraines at S. Cal. I am not conencted to the appliance but I have provided 150 to patients. Please look into it AI am not commercially involved, just aproud provider of a scientifically proven help foir migraines

    dr Michael Pilon DDS

    Ottawa Canada

  • Barbara Smith

    Serene, I know exactly how horrible all this was for you because I have gone through much the same. It takes a strong, strong person to push through the pain of a migraine to keep working and I know you have done this many times in the past. This time, it was too much for you. It happens. Happened to me before a huge group of people who did not understand either.

    But what you see as a horrible embarrassment is really such a positive affirmation for others! We migraineurs are a secretive breed because we tend to be hard driving, well educated and hate to be perceived as weak. You are a positive role model for many people. You have now become a role model for people who fear they cannot live a normal life with chronic or intractable migraine. They can because you did.

    Proud of you!

    • Migraineur

      I am so sorry that this happened to you – but like Ms. Smith said – it is reassuring to us “complex migraineurs” to see the attention being giving to this medicial issue that has not been given before.

      I am in my 40’s and have experienced complex migraines since the age of 19. Sometimes I will go several years without one – then I may have several in one week – sometimes more than one a day.

      I am glad to see you back at work and thankful that your medical condition has improved was not anything more severe. I have enjoyed reading others comments (sorry to see there are so many of us- but glad for their feedback and info). I look foward to more info on migraines from you in the future.

  • Former KCBS viewer

    Come on … it’s February … TV ratings sweeps. While it’s unfortunate what happened to her, now it’s being turned into a cheap ratings ploy. Shameless.

    • Lisa

      Shame on you. This is NOT a ratings ploy. It was a response to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of emails and comments of condolence and questions and queries that Ms. Branson and CBS received. People were concerned about this woman – even people who don’t live in this state who didn’t even know her. Her symptoms shed light on something that many people suffer from, but never had a diagnosis for. I am one of those people. After seeing Ms. Branson go through what she went through, I said, “Hey! That has happened to me!” To have it caught on camera was a miracle. Not just for her but for those of us who suffer in silence. Now neurologists can look at this video and see the human brain in action. Cheap ratings ploy? This was educational journalism at its finest. I am sorry that Ms. Branson had to experience the fear that this migraine brought. But I am thankful that light has been shed on this horribly frightful disease.

  • Shannon

    I’m really glad for you its nothing worse. What kind of makes me mad is hearing all the other news stations talk about you with their on air doctors as if they knew you had a stroke or seizure. Was the incident serious and deserving of medical attention? Absolutely. However, I’m tired of seeing phony doctors on TV diagnose someone as if they were in their office making the situation sound worse than it is. The matter should be taken seriously, but not over dramatized.. Glad you checked it out and glad it all checked out.

    • Karen

      As a migraineur (learned a new label today) from a family of stroke suffers I will offer another look at this situation. I am in my mid 40s and get migraines with these and other symptoms. I have to consider every time–is this another severe migraine or a stroke this time? The symptoms are so similar that I worry I will miss it when the real thing comes, but I do not want to be “the girl who crys wolf”. I would also add that her migraines could be much worse in the future. This time she wasn’t throwing up and still had some vision, but after 30 years of headaches, I can tell you that rarely are they the same list of symptoms/reactions–best of luck. A migraine is not a headache, it might not be a stroke, but the similarities are uncanny.

  • Dharma Trafecanty

    Serene, I am so very happy to hear that you are feeling better. It was such a shock.You can however serve as an example to everyone, men and women that this can happen to anyone any where. My prayers are with you. God Bless.

  • Meli

    I’ve totally had a migraine that caused aphasia before. REALLY scary. I’m so glad that it’s all that it was.

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  • Mr Migraine

    I too suffered from migraines until a heat attack and being prescribed Plavix. No migraines in four years. Not even a hint of a migraine. Migraine triggers do not bring them on at all. Apparently, I am not the only person to discover the side effect of Plavix and not getting migraines. Why get them and then take a drug to control the results. Three times in my past I had slurred speech as did Serene. Google Plavix and migraines and see the thousands of others that love taking this blood thinner.

  • Sandra Harrison

    I also have had migraines that mimic a stroke, and I was pretty sure that was what had happened to you. I found that I was sensitive to aspartame, the sweetener used in many products to replace sugar (Equal). I had a friend who thought her migraines were being caused by aspartame, so I switched to sucralose (Splenda). Since then I have had migraines only rarely and they are very mild and have no effect on my speech, hearing or vision except for a brief “aura” just before they start. If you are consuming Equal, perhaps this information will help you.

    • JRMDA

      Aspartame is a nerve toxin and horrible for us in any amount. It triggers massive pain attacks throughout my body. More and more people are becoming sensitive to it, especially those who consume it a lot. It builds up in our nervous systems and starts to break it down. Scary stuff! Splenda isn’t much better. It’s just stripped with chlorine. If you must use a sugar substitute, switch to Stevia. It’s all natural and not toxic to our bodies. Or just use raw sugar…in moderation of course!

      • Veronica Ondrejech

        I’m with you, I went back to old fashioned sugar, honey or Stevia (can you believe how long that took to hit the market). The best natural Stevia is still in drops and has to be refrigerated, tough to find. Don’t forget other triggers…chemical fumes, processed meats, MSG, dried fish, frrmented cheeses and good old menstrual cycles (wish I could avoid that one).

        There is a great website just migraines and add a dot org. Lots of information but I still can’t find the Botox fix. Botox really works for me…with the right doctor. Ask your doctor or neurologist if they offer botox for migraines. It really works, it’s not natural but totally worth it.

  • brian

    I’ve had migraines in the past, and I had the same type you did back in January for the first time. At first I could not believe the words in my head were coming out of my mouth jumbled up. I kept trying to talk to see if I was hearing myself right. After that, it was frustration and anger and then fear at what was happening. It took a few days to physically recover and then I worried about it until seeing my doctor the next day. Too bad it happened for you on camera where it was publicly viewable, but it does bring light to it. It sounds like you’re doing better and back at work. Don’t let it slow you down.

  • Alex

    I wonder if she will finally tell us what a “heavy burtation” is !!!

    • ShutUpJustShutUp

      Why don’t you go look it up in the dictionary for @ssh0les?

  • Samantha

    Dear Serene,
    I am so happy to hear you are feeling better. Seeing that video of you made chills go up and down my spine. It was very scary and I can just imagine what must have been going through your mind. I have also had migraines in the past(Started when I was much younger) I would see the flashing lights, but never experienced anything like what you experienced. I think the flashing lights at the Grammy Awards must have triggered your severe migraine. Your doctor is top notch, you are in the right hands. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that you have a speedy recovery.. God Bless you Serene!

  • connie d.

    I know how you feel. I have been have them since 2005 and boy do they hurt. You have to go into a dark room. Quite one. You have to also find the right medicine that will work for you. Please take care of yourself.

  • Joe

    One question for you Serene: What is a “heavy burtation” ???

    • SayWhat

      I am sure that if she knew she would tell you, moron. Your poor attempt at humor shows what a classy guy you are.

  • Julene Barrett

    Dear Serene, So glad you are feeling better. Watching you brought back memories on what happened with my daughter in August. She suffered a complex migraine which at the time we thought was a stroke. She was hit first with blurred vision, then weakness in the hands, a terrible headache and then she became incoherent and her speech beacame impaired. It was onw of the scariest things I have ever witness. You should do a special report on these migraines as the are very interesting.

  • darryl-lee

    Hey Seren,
    I remember watching your report on Grammy night and when start slurring my heart immediately went out to you. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful you are well and that your story can now become an informative sign post for so many. :-) Look forward to seeing your Oscar report. Have an amazing week…

    many blessings

  • Liz J.

    So glad you are feeling better. As soon as I heard what happened to you I knew it was like what happened to my father a few years ago. I was talking to him on the phone, and he started talking gibberish. He checked out fine at the hospital; it was diagnosed as due to transient ischemic attack. He has had one since but is otherwise fine. Kudos to you for sharing your experience with the public. This happens more often than people think. Best to you always.

  • Jensen Barrett

    Hey Serene,
    I had the same thing. But i had to stay in the hospital for 3 days. It was very scary i know, Hope you are doing well. Please get back to me thanks. :)

  • Jensen Barrett

    Hey Serene.
    I had the same thing happened to me. But mine was so bad i had to stay in the hospital for 3 days! It was very scary. Please get back to me thanks:) Hope you are doing well.

  • Lisa

    Yet another concerned viewer so glad to hear that you’ve been diagnosed. Because I’ve suffered from similar symptoms in my life (mine, unfortunately, have yet to be 100% diagnosed – the closest they can come is Basilar Migraine) I related to your video immediately. I watched it over and over again just mesmerized at what the human brain was doing. As the doctor in your report said this evening, to have this ON TAPE, is such an invaluable tool to neurologists! I can’t tell you how many 30-day Holter Monitors I’ve been hooked up to, and 24 EEGs – all for nothing. But to have your symptoms appear on camera, for the world to see was amazing.

    Glad you are on the mend. Thank you for your interview this evening. I look forward to tomorrow’s interview on the Early Show. You’ve shed light on something that so many people suffer from, and many live in fear with. By bringing this out into the public, you are helping SO MANY people.

    Thank you.

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