About me …. Bill Hamilton

I am a 64 year old male, retired living outside Tampa Florida. I have been married to the same lovely lady for 36 years. I started this blog to talk about my having COPD, how I deal with it, and some of the causes and effects.  In writing a blog I had also hoped to reach out to others having COPD and share their stories, their experiences, and whatever information they would be willing to share.  That’s the “why” behind my blog “DealingwithCOPD.” Over time this has grown to include series of stories about my life, that will live on thru this BLOG for my granddaughter.

Now the who, my name is William L. Hamilton, Bill or Ham (Ham has been my nickname for over 50 years and most of my friends call me Ham).  I have also been called “Red” and “Camel skin,” plus a lot worst.   I am retired, having served our country for almost 40 years both in the military and as a civilian.

From one of many golf outings, with the guys.

From one of many golf outings, with the guys.

Hobbies include: Golf 1st (until COPD stopped that), bowling, reading (some of my favorite authors include, Lee Child, WEB Griffin, Stuart Woods, James Patterson, Clive Clussler, Vince Flynn, David Morrell, Stephen King, and a ton of other fiction writers, but I also enjoy bio’s and auto bio’s and history bio’s). I also enjoy board and card games, going to movies, and dinners out with friends.

Your welcome to visit time and time again, and offer comments as you choose.  I do have a thick skin so don’t be shy.  Thanks for stopping by.  Take care.


55 responses to “About me …. Bill Hamilton

  1. DeeDee Granata

    August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I can’t wait to watch RGIII and the Redskins! We watched him against Andrew Luck in the preseason game the other day. Lookin’ good, lookin’ good!

    • FlaHam

      August 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

      Dee, GO SKINS LOL LOL, hopefully after the last 15 or so years we will soon have something to cheer about. Just as long as we beat Dallas. Take care, Bill

  2. Christine

    May 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Bill 🙂 I just came across your blog while trying to research the best places to live with COPD. LONG story short, I am 46 and caring for my 56 yr old brother who was diagnosed with COPD last November. He had been living with our father and caring for him from May 2010 until Dad died in Aug, 2012. We are finally having the estate sale and putting the house on the market and the house is in rural East TN. where the air quality is HORRID. My brother is on 3 liters continuous O2 and I am trying to find us a place to live to optimize his quality of life. Are you in Florida? ( My short-term memory is so bad lately that I can’t remember where you live!…it’s been a hell of a past 9 months 🙂 ) Hope today finds you feeling well 😉

    • FlaHam

      May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Christine, I do live outside of Tampa, and while the weather isn’t perfect, I don’t believe there is a place with prefect weather for a COPD sufferer. But the AC and a clean house you can survive just about anyplace. Take care, Bill

  3. Professor VJ Duke

    June 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I like the Redskins to. Santana Moss!!

  4. lkpaylor

    June 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Hi Bill,
    I love your blog! I’ve been doing research on COPD and I’ve found that your blog has so much great info and insight. I work for a private online company that’s creating a COPD program and we want your opinion on it. Would you have a free 30 minutes to look it over and give us your feedback? You would receive a $40 Amazon gift for your time.

    Please contact me at my personal email ( and I can tell you more about it.

    Thanks Bill!

  5. Deb

    June 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm


    It was great chatting with you today! I cherish our friendship and I am glad to hear that you are doing ok.

    Chat more later


  6. beverlyshelby

    August 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Love Stephen King as well. My favorite movie would have to be The Stand 🙂 Wishing you well today.

    • FlaHam

      August 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Beverly, I have read “The Stand” maybe 6 times, I have watched the TV mini-series 3 or 4 times. The 1st time I read “The Stand” was shortly after it came out in paperback. I was still in the beginning chapters home with the worst case of the FLU I have ever suffered to that point in my life, and the Americans just beat the Russians in hockey. I could not put the book down, it is still my favorite book of all time. But my favorite movie of all time is Forest Gump. That movie touchiest my heart every time I see it. Thank you for taking the time to enjoy my blog, I hope thru your visits you find more and more that amuses you, or makes you smile. Please take care, Bill

      • beverlyshelby

        August 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm

        Forrest Gump is an excellent movie and I love Sally Field and Tom Hanks. I’ve been trying to catch up on Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” but I keep missing it 😦 Be seeing you!

        • FlaHam

          August 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

          Beverly, I am trying to stay with “Under the Dome” as well, but have not been overly successful. I do have the advantage of being able to catch up using the on demand aspect of my FIOS. Now I just have to make the time.

          • beverlyshelby

            August 2, 2013 at 8:46 pm

            Hopefully, this weekend I will be able to catch up 🙂

  7. ***Angel***

    October 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    My very first book I started reading was Pet cemetery wasn’t sure if I would get thru it before I flew to Germany & I had to finish it to see how it ended – seen couple of his movies thru the years & I was Manager of bookstore why living in Germany Luved it…

    • FlaHam

      October 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Angel, Stephen King is still one of my favorite authors, and Pet Cemetery was one of the creapiest of the novels. I can see you in a book store. Glasses down your nose and all. Take care, Bill

  8. Clowie

    October 22, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I enjoy playing football, the game you call soccer. I also like watching it because I get a treat when the correct team score a goal. That’s a tradition that began when I was a puppy because the male biped cheered so loudly that it startled me, so I got a treat!

  9. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    November 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Have a good weekend Bill. This one’s for you: Love, Paulette

    • tazzielove

      November 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Stopped by from seeing Paulette’s post about you. Hope you’re recovering from the pneumonia okay and that the recent loss isn’t too hard on you and your family. Terry

      • FlaHam

        November 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Terry, Thank you for taking a look at my blog. Paulette has been a wonderful friend and is one of the 1st folks to even follow me. She truly is a prize. I am making improvements on a daily basis, and will recover as much as my body allows in time. The lost of my niece is difficult, she had so much going for her, and was robbed of it. But the family is slowly making the adjustments. I truly appreciate your concern and nice words. And I truly appreciate the friendship I have developed with your lovely wife. Please take care, Bill

    • huntmode

      November 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Yay, Paulette – your post made a huge difference for me. Best to both you and Bill! HuntMode

      • FlaHam

        November 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Hunt, Paulette is extremely important to me, she is a published author with a wonderful (that should be all caps) book, which I read almost a year ago. She has her on blog, which is extremely important. and you should follow her as well. Take care, I have another blog friend that I need to mention, Wanda, she writes tidbitsandtreasures2011. Without Wanda’s help I doubt if there would have ever been a dealingwithcopd blog. She is a close personal friend, that help me set up my blog, gave me constant feedback, and has been supper supportive.

        • huntmode

          November 22, 2013 at 1:19 am

          Hey, Bill! Paulette and I have had several conversations a la email and blog in the last five days. I agree, she is super and I’ll be reading her book – the back cover really caught my attention. (cough 🙂 I do follow her)

          I shall visit Wanda pronto! Best ~ HuntMode

          • FlaHam

            November 22, 2013 at 7:19 am

            Hunt, Wanda is the reason there is a dealingwithcopd blog at all. Take care, Bill

  10. Brenda

    November 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

    You sound like a fun guy. I have been short of breath, and it isn’t easy to live with. I’m saying hello via The Persecution ping above. I remember reading the Stand in high school and feeling like months had passed when I had finished, it so altered my thinking along its path. Roots was like that for me, too. And the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Anyway, hello, and hope you have a great weekend! Brenda

    • FlaHam

      November 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Brenda, Thank you for taking the time, and for following the ping from “The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Paulette is a fantastic author, and champion of animal rights, and I can say a great friend. Smiling, the Stand was the 1st Stephen King book I ever read, and I was hooked totally, and for years I waited with bated breath for the next book to come. The Stand is still my number 1 book and I have read it countless times. Thank you for you comments I truly appreciate them, in fact I am a pretty nice guy (all things considered). I hope you find other of my posts enjoyable as well. Please take care, Bill PS — Brenda you said that you experience shortness of breath. I truly hope you have seen a doctor about it. The steps you take now could be of significant benefit to you. So please see your doc.

      • Brenda

        November 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        I do mostly follow my doc’s advice. 🙂 I developed asthma in my first pregnancy, and it gotten worse with each. I will look forward to reading more.

        • FlaHam

          November 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

          Brenda, Smiling it is important that you have a good relationship with your doctor. And like you I do “mostly” follow his advise. But because I am further down the road than you I probably do a touch more of what he advises. I am part of an Daily Strength discussion group called COPD & Emphysema Support Group. But Daily Strength also has groups for Asthma suffers as well. You might consider joining one or both of these groups. Tons of useful information is shared, and the groups are made up of all ages and stages. Just something to consider. Please take care, Bill

          • Brenda

            November 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

            What a great idea. Perhaps I will look for one soon. I hope your wife and you feel better soon.

  11. huntmode

    November 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Bill, like many of the above, I found you through Paulette’s post. Caught my attention immediately as I also have COPD. I look forward to exploring your site. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your niece. My prayers are with you and your family. Best ~ HuntMode

    • FlaHam

      November 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      Huntmode, Thank you for your kind words and prayers for the family, the lose of my niece struck close. Paulette is a wonderful friend and a great writer, I am glad you found me because of her, but she tends to over state the abilities of other writers (at least my abilities). I hope you find something worthwhile in my posts, and reasons to continue to read them. Hunt, if you take care of yourself, follow your doctors recommendations you should be productive for a long long long time. Don’t let this disease beat you down, fight it as best you can. Please take care, Bill

      • huntmode

        November 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

        I am so glad to have found your site, Bill. I did a lot of research and I think I’ve visited at the support site you mentioned. But your journal here really piques my interest – maybe I’ll face a few things I haven’t yet. 🙂

  12. rarasaur

    November 20, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Nice to meet you, Ham! HuntMode’s post sent me this way. It’s a pleasure to meet you and read your writings! Best wishes to you…

    • FlaHam

      November 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

      It is also nice meeting you the pleasure is mine. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I truly appreciate you telling me that you came to me via HuntMode’s blog. I have since gone back to Hunt and read all 5 parts of his series on COPD. Hunt is a great writer. Now that you have found my blog I do hope that you continue to find posts that you enjoy. Please take care, and again thanks for following and for pointing Hunt’s blog. Take care, Bill

      • huntmode

        November 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        I came back to touch bases with you, Bill and saw Rarasaur and your conversation. For self-promotion and for anyone wanting more on living with COPD, you can visit me at Be aware though I am not as helpful as Bill. 🙂

        • FlaHam

          November 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

          Hunt, It’s about what you say, being out there and talking is the important, being a voice for someone who hasn’t developed theirs is in part what I am trying to do. Whatever you say to whomever you say it will help. Take care, Bill

  13. writetowag

    December 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Pleasure to meet you Bill, I found you through huntmode’s blog (Chasing Rabbit Holes)…Thank you for your service…you seem like a wonderful person and Trev and I will be following you… I’m a big Stephen King fan myself and am reading Dr.Sleep right now, enjoying it very much!!!! Looking forward to more of your posts…Hugs

    • FlaHam

      December 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Trevbear, Thank you very much. I look forward to the continued growth of our friendship. Also thank you for acknowledging my service, when I was in, being in the service was not greeted as warmly as it is today. I am truly glad times have changed. I look forward to hearing more of Trev’s adventures, and sharing mine with both. Please take care, have a great weekend. — Bill — warm hugs back at you

  14. benzeknees

    December 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Ham! We met briefly on C4C last night. I have just been diagnosed with COPD & I am struggling a bit with this. I was told you are the authority on this & we should connect. Don’t want to get all serious at Christmas, but maybe we can talk.

    • FlaHam

      December 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Benzeknees, Smiling, I am not an authority at all, but I am kinda knowledgeable, and will help you in anyway I can. I have been diagnosed with COPD for several years, and have been on oxygen for about 4 1/2 years. I will be more than happy to sit with you and chat about it. I can’t guarantee everything or anything I say will make you happy, but it may help, and that’s what my blog is about. Feel free to contact me anytime. My email address is _dealingwithcopd@aol.com_ ( . Maybe we can set up a time that works for both of us to chat. Take care, Bill

  15. benzeknees

    December 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Anytime is good for me, if you message me on your comments here I’ll reply back to email you provided & that way you’ll get my email address too. Go celebrate the season & we’ll get around to this later. So nice to meet ‘ya

    • FlaHam

      December 25, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Benze, The pleasure is mine, and I am pretty on and off everyday. I will be happy to help you anyway I can. Take care. Bill

  16. huntmode

    January 26, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Dear Bill, I came to give you good tidings. I have awarded you the Sunshine Award. Please feel free to accept and play; accept and do not play; just know I was thinking of you.

    Best ~ HuntMode

    • FlaHam

      January 26, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Hunt, I accept the award with great appreciation, and I am going to make my best effort to play. Take care sweetness. — Bill

      • huntmode

        January 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        It is more work than I believed possible. Of course, I made it more work than it needed to be. 🙂 Thinking of you. 🙂

  17. Illicit By Nature

    April 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I would like to honor you with a Liebster Award. 🙂

    Briefly, Liebster Awards are for promoting new blogs that have few followers. You can accept the award by creating a post that recommends (and links to) a few new bloggers. Then, to help your readers get to know you better, you can answer the question that I have posted within the link I sent you. You can then ask the bloggers whom you nominate to answer a question of your choice. Then, please link back to my post to let my readers know that you accepted your award.

    (You can retain your nomination, even if you do not accept the award.)

    I hope you enjoy being nominated! I look forward to reading more of your writings.

    • FlaHam

      April 3, 2014 at 7:02 am

      Louise, I am honored that I be suggested for this award, and I will maintain the nomination, but not go any further with it. I suspect that “Burning Candles” or The Chatter Blog” or “Chasing Rabbit Holes” all on wordpress would be much more worthy candidates for such an award.

      Thank you for considering my blog it is truly an honor. Take care, Bill

  18. Barbara Farrelly

    April 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Bill – It’s good to read your blog. I’ve just started my own as well I thought you might like to see.

  19. Barbara Farrelly

    April 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Ham,
    I am wending my way through your wonderful blog, wishing I had found you before now and ready to leap in and talk about life with end stage COPD.

    In my blog (The Departure Lounge), I will be revisiting some themes you have already covered, no doubt, and hoping to generate new feedback, suggestions, stories. I especially love to hear about people’s lived experience of serious lung disease. We can be of help to each other.

    Ham, I note you are a military man. I was moved this Anzac Day just passed, to write about the toll smoking has taken, in a post called ‘Tobacco wars and the Men and Women who Copd it’.

    One woman told me after reading the post she had found her father’s ration tin, which was filled with free smokes during his flying career with the Royal Australian Air Force. He died of emphysema.

    I only have a handful of followers and feel like someone selling her books out of a car boot! But hopefully I can plug into a bigger copd online family.

    I hope to meet Americans, a people I love and admire, and hear about Copd in the USA.

    More soon.

    Best wishes, Barbara in Australia.

    • FlaHam

      April 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Barbara, My wife hounded me for 2 years or more years before I started writing about COPD. Like you I started off quite simple, but I was fortunate, I had 1 friend who was a blogger that helped me get mine off the ground. Soft smile a lot of my earlier stuff was pretty bad, not that I am a great writer now, I just have more practice LOL. Don’t fret your readership will go up and up. Don’t limit your tags to just COPD. I use as tags COPD, Medicine, Terminal Illness, Breathing, as well as, Blog and Blogging, and many more. Also write from the heart just like I have. It seems that the words comes easier when then come from the heart. I was officially diagnosed with COPD almost 10 years ago now. I had quit smoking years and years before that, but I know Smoking had a role. But as you are aware smoking isn’t always the reason one gets COPD, sometimes it is in our genes like a cancer cell, just waiting for its time. Without question we can help each other, my blog has reached several other COPD’ers, as well as, other folks with terminal diseases. With each individual I learn a tiny bit more, and so do they. I will do what I can to steer folks in your direction, and we can go from there. It appears your blog has already picked up many readers and many positive compliments. If you want you can contact me directly at _dealingwithcopd@aol.,com_ (mailto:dealingwithcopd@aol.,com) that is my email address. Please take care, Bill

  20. afsheenanjum

    May 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Hello there,
    Glad to know you, I will be around to know more about you.
    May Allah bless you and your loved ones,ameen

  21. Emily Grace

    June 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Bill, I’m so glad you are here sharing your story. Health struggles need to be shared. I’ve had symptoms and issues that weren’t listed on official health sites, but through the writings of others I have developed broader understand.

    Your granddaughter is in for a very special treat with your blog. We wish we had more direct communication from the grand parents that ran this farm years ago. Of course, blogging wasn’t invented back then, but the concept of intentionally passing on stories is timeless. I’m so glad to see you doing this!

    Emily Grace

  22. Gary Jones

    May 1, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Why did COPD stop you from golfing?


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