Holding Down the Fort

First of all, let me share with you a great website that CVS Pharmacy has created called For All The Ways You Care. This site is an awesome way of honoring those in your life who have been amazing caregivers, as well as to read stories about other inspiring caregivers. If you know of a person who has given of themselves to care for others, please consider honoring them by sharing your story at this site. And I KNOW that some of my readers either ARE great caregivers or KNOW great caregivers, I’ve read some of the stories. I’d love for you to leave a comment with your own story here so that everyone can read it, but also be sure to stop by For All The Ways You Care and share your story there.

The caregiver in my life has given every bit of his soul, strength and heart to care for my mom. My stepdad, John Hintz, is an inspiring man whom I have not done enough to recoginize for all that he does. He and my mom have been married for over twenty years and unfrotunately my mom has been battling breast cancer for entirely too many of those years. And during a few years that my mom was diong well and in remission, my grandmother, who lived with them all the years since they married until her passing, endured a gut wrenching battle with brain cancer. Through all this my stepdad was fighting hard to keep the family owned business running while doing so much to help at home. These days my mom is still fighting but seems to be getting weaker (physically at least) each day. This has left literally every house hold task on the shoulders of my stepdad. While he’s always been an amazing cook, our families pick for making meals even on my moms best days, he is now also doing all the shopping and cleaning etc. All while he continues to keep up the insane hours of a busniess owner. Often coming in to the office at midnight or one in the morning to do paper work uninterupted so that he may be home with my mom at a reasonable hour int he afternoon, or take her to the many Doctor appointments she has. While my mom is most often a very strong willed lady who wants nothing more than to be able to do it all on her own, each day she is being forced to accept that there is just a bit more she can’t do for herself, and he’s there to do it for her. And he does every bit of it with love. The love he has for her is truly inspiring and is so unbelievably obvious to all who see them together. I truly believe he is the utmost example of a true caregiver and only wish he would accept even just a little help from other to help lighten the load. He is a remarkable man and I know my mom is truly blessed to have him!!


  1. That was beautiful…what a blessing he is to your mom and to those around him.

  2. i agree 100% with everything you said…both of them are amazing people and its sad that your mom is so sick šŸ™ what’d the doc end up saying about her continuing treatment and/or getting put in hospice? i read your blog about that last week or so and have been wondering ever since…let me know…and p.s. this was an amazing piece of writing šŸ™‚ xoxo Megan

  3. i’m guessing your got my comment, but i’ll repost anyway!

    i’m sorry your mom is so sick. i’ve been there and it is so rough. this was a great tribute to your stepdad.

  4. Your mom is very blessed to have him, he sounds like such a wonderful man. I am so sorry to hear that your mom is sick.

  5. Your stepdad is a truly wonderful man…..a true picture of a loving, christian husband and father!

  6. amazing

  7. This is a true testament to love. Thank you for posting.

  8. beautiful story!

  9. That is so sweet of you. And John sounds like an amazing father- as I am sure you know, blood relation makes no difference when it comes to family!

  10. Can a person leave you more than one comment?

  11. Your stepdad sounds like an amazing man. What a wonderful, loving husband to put so much on his shoulders and carry such a heavy load. I am praying for all of you.

  12. Angela Pell says:

    Your stepdad sounds amazing. What a beautiful story. I’m praying for you all!

  13. Your stepdad sounds like a wonderful man. I wish all women could have a man like him in their lives.

  14. That was a really sweet post! I hope you win!

  15. What a great guy! What a blessing he is in your lives. šŸ™‚

  16. beautiful!

  17. Very sad to read and your Step Father is one hell of a guy and God bless our family.

  18. He sounds like an awesome guy!

  19. From what I know of John, he is a good man…Your mom was blessed to find someone to do so much for her, and love her through it all!

  20. Great post. You never know where you will find an angel

  21. There are so many people in this situation and they are all heroes!

  22. He is truly on of my heroes and I am proud to call him my “Father In Law”. I couldn’t have asked for a better family to be married into..May the Lord bless him in every possible way.

  23. What a wonderful story. I just lost my Mom to cancer on February 15th. Your step-dad sounds wonderful. I wish that every cancer victim had someone so caring in their lives.

  24. I’ve never really known your stepdad….but have always known how much he does for your family. He’s a good man!

  25. That’s beautiful Lisa. {{Hugs}} for what all of you have gone through.

  26. That was really beautiful. Amazing what he is doing and the gift he is giving your mom in his sacrifice.

    Thank you for sharing!

  27. beautiful. praying for the win. :0)

  28. I found your blog at Dawn’s Because I Said So blog.

    I’m so sorry that your mom is battling this terrible disease. I watched my dad battle cancer for three years and it tore my heart out. I know what you’re going through.

    Your stepdad is beyond wonderful. I wish there were more people like him in the world.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. My prayers go out to you and your family. ((hugs))

    Donna in PA

  29. What a beautiful love story! He truly sounds like an angel! How lucky you all are to have him in your lives. I’m so sorry to hear all that your mom is going through, but glad she has your stepdad there with her.

  30. What a nice tribute Lisa!

  31. A beautiful tribute to an amazing man! It sounds like you all are lucky to have each other as a family…

  32. It’s amazing what God’s strength can get us through. He must be so exhausted but keeps pushing and pushing because of his deep love for your mom. Praise God that she has him, and you, to get her through this.

  33. He sounds like a wonderful man. It sounds like your mom has found her angel on earth. I hope you win. Good Luck. He’s earned the recognition.

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