When Serene Branson stepped in front of the camera on the night of February 12, 2011, she planned to tell the audience about the Grammy awards. What came out of her mouth instead, was slurred and unintelligible. 


Earlier that evening Branson had a severe headache. She felt tired and noticed that her notes seemed a little blurry. She just assumed she was tired from a long day at work, and continued preparing for her 11 p.m. live news report. When she started to speak to the camera she knew something was wrong, according to  CBS News. 

"As soon as I opened my mouth, I knew something was wrong. I was having trouble remembering the word for Grammy. I knew what I wanted to say, but I didn't have the words to say it," Branson said. 

While many viewers were concerned that Branson had suffered a mini-stroke, doctors say what she actually had was a severe migraine.  Dr. Jennifer Ashton told CBS that a migraine aura can mimic a stroke. 

A migraine aura typically occurs before or during a migraine (not all people who have a migraine will experience an aura), according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms include wavy vision, verbal disturbances, weak muscles, vision loss, hearing music, and uncontrollable movements. These attacks can last up to 72 hours. 

Because symptoms are quite similar to strokes and other severe medications, you should consult a doctor if you experience these symptoms. In addition, The Mayo Clinic recommends speaking to a doctor if you experience regular migraine headaches.