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No Stone Unturned


Robert and Angela Bolton met in June 1985 – a meeting which changed both their lives. After 23 years together, they got married. Now, in the 30th year of their love affair, Robert is in hospital in what is described as a ‘minimally-conscious’ state.
I began this blog to get Bob into assessment, and that happened. I also used it to document Bob’s musical career, and our lives together. This has made me realise how lucky I’ve been – always, all through my life – and how incredible human beings are: there have been so many who have offered help during the last three-and-a-half years, and a lot of them have become friends, enriching my life to a degree that overwhelms me sometimes.
This blog has now become something different: maybe a tribute the power of love, passion for life – things I’ve come to know for sure can cause change for the better.
Thank you to everyone for their kind comments on the blog – it’s not a very busy one but I hope you enjoy my (by now) rather mundane stories and memories.


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  1. Bronwyn O'Donnell / Jun 10 2012 1:46 pm

    Hi Angela

    God you have been through so much over the past 9 months. I never heard about it until now.

    I will try to see if I know anybody who may be able to help – nobody come’s to mind instantly but I will get my thinking cap on.

    I hope things improve for you and Bob. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.


  2. historyrant / Aug 16 2012 12:22 am

    Dear Angela,
    I’m not sure if this will offer you much comfort but I’ll be praying for your husband every day from now. Please God he’ll get his place immediately in the rehabilitation centre, and get well. I’m also going to spread the word about your fundraising and donate tomorrow via my laptop. I haven’t got much. I’m a single mom, caught up in the HSE fiasco too (awaiting a transplant for 20 months BUT have a donor!)
    I’m not sure if you have the number of a contact in the Irish Sun; I’ve spoken to this lady Aoife re: my own fiasco…yours is far more serious. If you haven’t contacted them, do. They reach a far larger audience than broadsheets. Get in touch with every paper…I know you probably have but the HSE hate being embarrassed. God love you, you are one incredible woman. The lady at the Irish sun is called Aoife. Her number is:0868215025
    I hope she can print your story. I’ll set up a link on my FB page to your blog and article.
    God bless you. And god bless your husband.
    With kind regards,
    Ann Foley

    • angelavbolton / Aug 16 2012 7:21 am

      Dear Ann, thank you for your support. We too hope that Robert will start assessment and rehab as soon as possible. I’m sorry to hear about your situation: sounds like you’ve been up every tree like ourselves. I hope you have it resolved soon. It’s very difficult waiting around for action: heartbreaking and so stressful. I’ll pray for you, Ann, and your future recovery. Thanks for the contact in The Irish Sun – I’ll keep it in my back pocket for future use. It’s so kind of you to think of us in the middle of your own predicament. God bless you. Angela

  3. phillipcleere / Aug 20 2012 8:55 am

    Hi Angela. Well done this morning, we have been on a similar journey with our son, and would like to share some of our experience and we have some thoughts for you that may help you on your journey. My sons web is www. Nickycleeretrust .ie. My contact is 086 2473529. Regards, Phillip Cleere

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