These answers bring so much relief! I went through some serious internal conflicts after the stall. My wife even asked a pilot that she met while working the gates yesterday at DEN and he said the same thing.
I have to say, I like the way he prefaced the stall. I mentioned the idea of stalls.
Instructor: We can do one if you want…
Me: They sound pretty scary man… I don’t know…
Instructor: Ok, we don’t have to do one, let me show you something else instead… I’m gonna get up to 9K ft… do this, that, and this over here… (warning horn pitching up) ANNNNNNNNND… STALL!
After he asked, “So, how do you feel?
ME: I’m alright, I didn’t love whatever that was.
Instructor: Congrats man, that was a stall… you made it!”
It killed the anticipation which I believe eliminated a lot of the fear. Still hated it, but I like the way he distracted me and led my mind away from the idea. At this point I’m kind of happy we did it.