A Letter from My Heart

Lil' Heart Just For You
by Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D.

This letter was written to me one week after I did a pain treatment for a friend. This treatment arose from a casual conversation. I have known this person for about one year, and we are likely to be lifelong friends, as our commitment to helping individuals with disabilities who have become victims of crime unites us. As you will read, her exposure to TFT was completely unexpected, and she had a profound and life-changing experience.

After reading her words, I’ll tell you more of what happened… “Dr. Nora”

A Letter from My Heart…October 8, 2009

Hello!  For those who know me well, you know something about the pain I have had over the past ten years. Those who know me really well know I am not an overly emotional type of person. I tend to keep my emotions to myself. But, as I relate this story I have tears of joy running down my cheeks.

For those who do not know me, I am a Forensic Nurse. I have worked over 20 years in the field of nursing, and am extremely interested in the medical world…thus, I am continually working to learn more to hone my skills and add certifications to my credentials.


I am a person who has lived with moderate to severe chronic pain for what will be 10 years this November 13. On that date in 1998 I was studying for the required ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) in our hospital in-service area, while working as a recovery room/short stay nurse. After about an hour of studying “rhythm strips” and identifying the condition, I stretched my arms up into the air, and as the chair I sat in (a four wheeled steno-chair) flipped backwards, instinctively I put my right arm out to brace my fall.

My right shoulder dislocated, and then snapped back into place causing an immediate sensation of electrical “nerve like” pain, a feeling that made my hand feel fat and my entire arm, from the brachial plexus to the elbow and then ending into the palm of my right hand, hum. The electrical “zinging” down my arm was present and never went away. I also felt a sensation like my arm was falling out of its socket.

It is now, after two surgeries, 9 years of physical therapy, a trip to see a brachial plexus expert at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, 8 years of acupuncture, 9 years of Pilates, 7 years of massage and an on-going home pain management with Oxycontin, Vicodin, Flexeril, and other modalities such as Tea Tree Pain Gel, ice, heat and more massage that I am writing to you.

After all that treatment, I have still lived each day with the same searing electrical pain running down my arm non-stop.

The Story

On October 1, 2009, I was attending a conference in Denver Colorado. In the evening I was walking back to our hotel with my fellow presenter, Dr. Nora Baladerian, a psychologist from California. This followed a wonderful afternoon spent with Nora and our co-presenter, enjoying a calming afternoon of wine, massage, tea and friendship, and after we’d briefly visited a reception hosted by Arc of Aurora for the speakers at the conference. We were freezing our butts off in the cold, windy typical late Fall Denver night! We made it back to the lobby of our hotel, arm in arm and laughing at the great time we had just had.

I told Nora, how this cold really makes “that pain” in my arm hurt like a son of a gun. She asked, “what pain?” as I had not told her much about the pain before. She says, “Well let’s just sit down here– is this is ok?” (We had just entered the lobby of our gorgeous hotel). “I’d like to try something on you for that pain” and I respond, “Sure, as long as I can keep my clothes on”. We both laughed and sat down.

So while I went along with what Nora suggested I do, the cynical portion of my very medical-model brain was trying not to laugh out loud. “Really,” I think, “After all I have been through, I will never respond to anything”. However, I am also a person who has lived in never ending chronic “nerve” pain the past almost 10 years, and I am desperate for ANYTHING to make it go away. Really! Just ask my wonderful husband. He can’t count how often I have asked him to get his chain saw and “just saw my arm off,” convinced that that would make my constant humming, zinging pain go away once and for all, and he never would!

So here I am in the lobby of the hotel, doing what Nora is telling me to do (while she does it to herself as a demonstration, I guess), tapping on myself (the back of my hand and collarbone area) and really thinking about this pain I have known for so, so long. I was even rating it in my mind, an 8 right now on the 0-10 but was a 6 earlier before it got so damn cold.

I follow Nora’s directions without regard or thought that it was going to work, or do anything whatsoever for that matter.

BUT I WAS WRONG! MY PAIN IS GONE!! I can tell you that I no longer have the nerve racking “nerve pain” in my hand, elbow and shoulder. My hand no longer feels clumsy and fat. My fingers are still a bit swollen but they are now the same color as my other hand. I still am having some phantom type signals when I raise my arm or place my hand in cold water, anticipating the pain in my mind, but when actually lifting my arm or dousing my hand, NO PAIN! I can actually raise my arm!

So for anyone with physical, emotional or psychological problems I recommend this therapy called Thought Field Therapy. I am now 1 week and many days post-treatment, and the pain I had for ten years is not back. After approximately 5 minutes of Thought Field Therapy!! I am looking forward to my water aerobics this week and for the first time being able to perform the routine without right shoulder, arm and hand pain. As I write this I am also working on lowering my blood pressure. I used the tapping therapy and treated myself, taking the pain and arthritis from my toes; I healed a Left ear tinnitus and calmed my granddaughter down from a nearly inconsolable state. I am convinced this works, I am not sure how or why, but it does. It simply does.

Submitted anonymously.

On the phone she continues to tell me of other treatments she has done now at home. She has become a complete advocate of TFT, and is thrilled with her own new freedom from unrelenting pain.

There in the lobby, I had asked her to focus on the pain. It turned out that it hurt worst in the hand, so we focused there, where the pain was “off the charts”, she rated as an 8. I administered g50, c, and asked to rerate. She said, “ I can’t believe it…it is at point five!”

She burst into tears, sobbing on my shoulder, brokenly saying, “I’m ok, these are tears of joy, of relief…I can’t believe it”. She then started moving her fingers and hand, giving her hand a test run as it were.

“Do you have pain anywhere else?”, I asked. “Ooooooh YES”, she said.

We proceeded to treat her severe chronic pain in the elbow region and the upper arm and shoulder. Each time she only required g50,c to release the pain. I never got to do 9g with her, as the pain immediately was released from her body. There were more tears, and extreme gratitude. She said if she had it she would give me a million dollars!

What gift can I give you…this is wonderful! I told her the best possible gift would be for her to learn TFT and “spread the word and the healing”.

So, we left to got to our rooms and enjoy some nice quiet time and in-room dining. On the way to the elevator we encountered a small group of folks, so I introduced her to them. After introductions she exclaimed, “OH MY GOD!!!!! It didn’t hurt! Shaking hands did not hurt!!! Oh My God”… This is the first time in ten years that I can shake hands and it doesn’t hurt!!!!! Nora just did a treatment on me for my severe chronic pain and…” she was unable to finish as one in the group interrupted with “Oh, the tapping? Yes, she did it on me a few years ago in Michigan for some problems I was having with being so angry, frustrated and upset, and it worked!!!.”

The following day when I arrived at the breakfast area, the Forensic Nurse was talking with some other folks. When I approached one said, “Your ears must be burning!!” while another reached out and grabbed me saying, “I need you!!! I have had terrible pain in my feet, can you help?” So, we treated her, bringing her plantar fascia pain from an 8 to a 0. So, we had another happy camper.

All told, it was magical, yet not magic. Simply the application of the algorithms that are appropriate for the problem.

Thank you, again, Roger, for your amazing discovery.

….Creative Commons License photo credit: mysza831

Contact Dr. Nora for treatment, referrals in your area, or to bring her to your area to train your group or community…or join one of her training classes in West Los Angeles, CA. For more information refer to the Institute of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Dr. Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed MFT. Office 310 473 6768, Email drnora@doctor.com – Website www.norabaladerian.com.

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