Linda wrote this 20 years after completing the class.
These excerpts from Jerry's letter detailed his success in conquering his fear of flying.
Mark had not flown in 15 years, but sent us a note saying that flying is no big deal.
A former fearful flier writes about her progress and reflects on 9/11/2001.
Here is a letter from Judith which reflects positive consequences for family members.
Mary wrote twice, detailing how her experience improved over several trips.
Dear Dr. Tomaro,
There are very few decisions that have a real impact one’s life course – Dr. Tomaro’s class to overcome the fear of flying changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Today, it is as difficult for me to remember being afraid to fly, as it was once difficult to imagine flying without fear, much less willingly getting on a plane. At one time the fear was so paralyzing, I couldn’t even watch planes take off or land. Now, as I get settled in my seat, I look forward to that moment when the plane lifts off the ground and the flight begins.
There are very few decisions that have a real impact one’s life course – (Your) class to overcome the fear of flying changed my life in ways I could not have imagined. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Just a note of thanks regarding your program. I am here to say that it works and results in making your world a bigger place, literally and figuratively. Looking back even a few months ago, I find it difficult to believe that I was that restricted and limited by this fear. Now, the fear is gone. I felt that the most important part of the course for me was the knowledge of the airplane itself. That knowledge reduced my fear considerably, so much so that I didn’t find myself relying as much on the breathing (and relaxation) techniques. All of the flights that we had were great with little or no turbulence. In the period of 5 weeks, (including my test flight to Minneapolis), I have been on 7 flights and have flown almost 12,000 miles, with absolutely no fear....
You can share this information, with any other fearful fliers and let them know that this can work for them too. It is true that once you fix this problem, you have the ability to fix whatever else needs fixing. You now have the ability to remove limitations that you have set up for yourself and that the sky is the limit (no pun intended).
Just returned home from a weekend wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota. No big deal except that I flew, something that I would not have considered just a short time ago.
Thank you for opening up a whole new world and a lifetime of opportunities. I talk about you and the class all the time and still believe it needs to be shared with so many others!!!
Life is Good!!! Always the best,
Dear Dr. Tomaro,
I am watching an infomercial on anxiety and depression and remembered to write you this card. Generally, flying gets better each time. I went to Boston, Naples FL, and recently to New York. I visited Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza and the Christmas Tree and finally went down to the World Trade Center. I had to see it. But this did affect me and I was sad for about six weeks. I am concerned for safety in airplanes, but not afraid to fly. I picked the flight and dealt with myself. I flew to Connecticut where my girlfriend lives and we took a bus to New York.
So I know you probably have a lot of new patients now, but you should know that this patient is just fine, even in light of Sept. 11. I even forget how bad my symptoms were. I didn’t sleep or eat. I threw up and was very depressed. Now I’m fine!! Not perfect but it gets better each time. I even took a joy ride in Oshkosh to see the leaves change!
Thanks for your help,
Hello Dr. Tomaro,
I am writing to thank you for the work you have done with my sister, Jeanne, helping her to overcome her anxiety over flying. I am so proud of Jeanne for sticking with your program and using the techniques you have taught her. They really worked and she was able to attend my daughter’s wedding in Virginia in November. We enjoyed hearing about her meetings with you and her progress while flying with you. She is currently looking forward to going to Las Vegas with her husband this Spring. My hope is that Jeanne will continue therapy as she continues to overcome her fears and gains confidence in herself. Thanks again. It means a lot to me that my sister is on the road to realizing her potential. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful 2002.
Dear Dr. Tomaro,
There are not enough words to express my gratitude to you. Your expertise, kindness and sincere honesty gave me the strength to fly and go on enclosed elevators. I had never heard of the relaxation techniques that you taught until you explained it to the class. You made me feel so ready to take the flight on Saturday.
I also want to thank you for letting my family come into the classroom after the flight. Everyone in my family was so appreciative as well.
I will definitely be flying as much as possible in the future as the beauty in the sky that I witnessed on Saturday was overwhelming. I will be sending you postcards as I continue my adventures by way of flight. Again, thank you for enhancing my life!
Six weeks later, Mary writes again:
My husband and I flew to California over Easter break to visit our daughter and son-in-law. I was not anxious for one second. I did use your relaxation techniques. I sat by the window and so enjoyed seeing land from a different perspective. Thank you for enhancing my life.
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