The Helicopter Daughter was created out of a personal initiative of Karen Hadden, Owner, MBA, CHC, to find a balance between life’s demands and a natural approach to self-care and overall wellness, especially when battling cancer or other illness.
In 2016, when her beloved stepfather “Papa” was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer, and at the same time her Mom was in and out of the hospital battling COPD and other illness, she jumped in head first on a journey that would transform her life in just a few short years.
Six months after her Papa's diagnosis, her Mother unexpectedly passed away and she found herself having to set aside processing her own grief and in turn, her own health to care for her Papa. She faced many challenges and obstacles trying to balance her own health, both mental and physical.
Although she found many websites, agencies, friends and family who would provide suggestions such as “get more sleep” or “reduce your stress” many of these suggestions were difficult to implement without the right tools or resources. In addition, of the resources she did find, many didn’t appeal to her desire for natural solutions to stress and anxiety and some were not compatible with issues she was already dealing with. Locating natural products unique to helping with wellness, illness or treatment was challenging and time consuming.
She learned early on that taking care of her parents while pushing aside her own health issues ignited her own health battle involving a chronic Vestibular Disorder including Vestibular Migraine, Cervicogenic Dizzinesss and Vestibular Hypofunction.
When her Papa passed in 2019, she made it her mission to provide an uplifting space to find unique gifts, products, tools and resources for helping others achieve balance in simple ways while being able to share stories of self-care and healing. Helping others find those joyful and restful moments so that they can reset, recharge and take moments for themselves without guilt.
Karen has been featured on New Day Cleveland and News Channel 5. She has also written various short stories and insights into caregiving and grief based on her past experiences.
She has been a guest speaker at a variety of local support groups throughout northeast Ohio focusing on Cancer, Grief and Chronic Pain where she speaks about the importance of Self Care and its impacts on Mental and Physical Health.
Each product is thoughtfully chosen based on how it can benefit a variety of individuals whether picking up a gift for a loved one battling an illness or just looking for ways to take a moment, breathe or relax. We strive to select products that share our same values. In addition, we try to select products that are made by small businesses throughout the USA and/or made locally by handcrafted artisans.
The Helicopter Daughter donates monthly to various local groups and charities throughout Northeast Ohio.
Integrity – We are trustworthy and believe in doing the right thing. We thoughtfully curate all of our products based on quality not quantity.
Self-Improvement – We believe in life-long, never-ending improvement. We value improving ourselves in both mind and spirit and helping others do the same.
Compassion & Empathy - When we act from a place of compassion and empathy we focus on the needs of others and respond in meaningful ways which helps us to experience a more meaningful and joyful life.