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the tears

So, here’s my story…

I am Laurel, an author and advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Through my book, “Laughing Through The Tears,” I hope to shed light on the journey of those affected by this condition and offer a unique perspective that combines laughter and resilience.

But that’s not all I am.

First and foremost, I am wife to Paul Palladino. He is an incredible husband and father, a hard worker, a loyal friend and my biggest cheerleader.

He is Vice President of Distribution for one of the leading beauty distributors in the world. Our daily lives are filled with laughter and love, and I am blessed to be his wife.

One of my biggest blessings has been being a mom to Jordan and Michael. Motherhood is a role that brings me immense joy and pride. These two amazing individuals teach me invaluable lessons every day, they make me want to be better and I am grateful for the privilege of being their mother. I have also been blessed with an amazing daughter-in-love, Maggie and recently she and Michael had a daughter, Hunter Jo, who has been the most fun addition to our family.

Aside from my family, I have a passion for running, reading, adventure, and experiencing the magic of everyday moments. Traveling the world and being in awe of breathtaking coastlines is something that truly nourishes my soul. One of my favorite things is sunset on the beach.

While I enjoy helping others, I also recognize the importance of quiet moments with my loved ones and personal time to recharge.

I have never been sure of what I want to be when I grow up. I have an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University, have owned my own business and been a Realtor. I have always been an avid reader and secretly always wanted to be an author.

The original goal of the book was my own self-healing but ultimately I would love to help others in this situation. I will do my best to impart my knowledge and experience of Alzheimer’s to others and maybe give them a glimmer of hope.

But how did I do it?

When it comes to navigating the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, it takes strength, resilience, and a compassionate approach.

Educating myself about the disease was crucial. I delved into the vast knowledge available, understanding its symptoms, progression, and impact on individuals and their loved ones. This knowledge allowed me to approach the situation with empathy and a deeper understanding.

I realized the importance of establishing a support system.


Connecting with organizations, support groups, and individuals also going through similar experiences provided invaluable guidance and emotional support. Sharing stories, exchanging advice, and finding solace in the company of others facing similar challenges made a significant difference.

So, that’s a glimpse into my story. I believe in embracing the challenges life throws at us, finding humor amidst tears, and creating a life that encompasses all the things that truly matter.