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May 10, 2012 / angelavbolton

1. No Stone Unturned – Robert’s road to recovery

Robert (Bob) Bolton – on stage, c. 1982

My name is Angela Bolton and I’ve started this blog to tell the story of my husband Robert’s progress after suffering hypoxic brain injury in October 2011, and to ask if anyone has any advice on how he can be helped to come back to the world. It’s also a way to reach out to others who may be dealing with a similar situation. Maybe we can help each-other.

Robert – or Bob, as I know him – is all the world to me: my best friend, the only person I truly feel comfortable with; the one I’d take a bullet for. He’s been my guy for 27 years and no matter what has come our way we’ve weathered it together; him being the worrier and me the opposite. When I would get blue – maybe once a year – he’d get worried and say ‘no, you can’t do that, that’s my thing, you have to stay happy to balance us out…’ Well, I’m not happy now, baby. Not one bit. I miss you more than I thought I could. It’s the hardest thing in the world to be without you.

But I’m working on getting you home and there’s a lot to be said for the determination of a persistant love: I will not give up. Funnily enough, the following quote came from a neurologist at a recent NAI conference (

Persistence ~ Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

So – give up? Not on your life, my love.


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  1. Bree Harris / May 14 2012 6:53 pm

    Hi Angela, Thoughts are with you both. Will keep you in our prayers.Stay strong. Love Bree and Paul. xx

  2. Anne Carolan / May 16 2012 6:19 pm

    Hi Angela, well done you have done great work with this blog. Where do you get the time, with all you are doing for Bob, you are just amazing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Bob and if we can help in any way please let us know. Love, Anne and Philip

  3. Monique Murray / Jun 29 2012 3:23 pm

    hey Angela, thinking of you both xx Monique & Kevin

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