I trusted my trainer—and he saved my lifeRocksweeper/Shutterstock"As an athlete, I've always worked hard to push myself to my limits and with that usually comes some aches and pains. So last year when I started to feel some muscle soreness after a tough workout at first I didn't think it was a big deal. I was training for a marathon at the time, so over the weekend I'd done a 13-mile run. The following Tuesday I hit my favorite CrossFit gym to do a workout that involved a lot of upper body weight lifting. My trainer told me to take it easy on my body, but I figured I'd be fine and powered through it. Afterward, my trainer noticed a slight swelling in my arm and said he was worried. I tried to brush him off but he insisted I drink a lot of water and check in with him in a few hours. Sure enough, by that afternoon the swelling had increased and I headed to the doctor. I still thought he was making a mountain out of a molehill but I trusted my trainer so I did it. "The doctor took one look at me and diagnosed me with rhabdomyolysis, a life-threatening condition where muscle overuse causes kidney failure. (Fact: Rhabdo turns your pee brown! Here are 10 more things your urine can tell you about your health.) As they gave me IV fluids to flush out the toxins, my doctor told me that if I'd waited even another 30 minutes, we would have been having this discussion in the emergency room. Things were touch-and-go over the weekend but I made a full recovery, thanks in no small part to my trainer. I was a very experienced CrossFitter and still hadn't seen any problems. Thankfully I had a great trainer I could trust; he saved my life." —Katrina Plyler, Tuscaloosa, AL Trust is important. So we conducted a survey to find out which brands American’s trust the most. Meet the heroes of the Trusted League, these are the most trusted brands in America.
I trusted my therapist—and caught my husband cheatingRomaset/Shutterstock"After suffering through several years of a difficult marriage my husband and I finally decided to try marriage counseling. One day our therapist suggested a one-on-one session with me. He told me that my relationship wasn't healthy and I needed to get out. I still remember his exact words. He said, 'If you told me you were going to stay, I'd ask you why; if you told me you were leaving, I'd have no questions.' (Worried about infidelity in your relationship? Here are 12 subtle signs your mate might be cheating.) "At the time I wasn't ready to believe my marriage was over, but I trusted that he knew what he was talking about. I took his advice seriously and began the painful process of divorce. I discovered that my husband was cheating on me, even while we were in counseling, and I realized my therapist had been so right. What he said that day led me to change my life in a major way and it has made my life so much better in many ways. I'm so grateful I listened to his wise advice when I was too emotionally caught up in my relationship to see the problem myself." —Marcy Wright, Sacramento, CA
I trusted my dog—and I'm still aliveI-T-A-L-O/Shutterstock"Ten years ago I adopted my dog Rudy from a shelter just days before they were going to euthanize him and we've had a special bond ever since. As a single woman in her 50s, I've found his companionship really meaningful. We have a lot of rituals together. For instance, every night we have a little bedtime snack and then I get in my bed and he gets in his doggy bed right next to mine. But a year ago suddenly Rudy didn't want to do the routine. Every night when I got in bed he'd jump up on my bed and start licking my face, even though he knows he's not supposed to. I'd get mad and make him get off but the next night he'd do it again. Soon he was jumping on my lap to lick my face every time I sat down. (These are the signs your dog trusts you.) "I was considering taking him to obedience school when it suddenly dawned on me that he was licking the same spot on my jaw over and over again. I felt my jaw and it seemed okay and I didn't have any pain but it was so out of character for my dog that I decided to just trust him. I made an appointment with the doctor and felt silly telling her why I came in but she agreed to do some tests. Well, it turns out I had osteocarcinoma—bone cancer—with a tumor in my jaw. It couldn't be felt from the outside but somehow Rudy knew it was there. I just finished chemo and radiation and I'm doing much better now but the doctors said if I'd waited until the tumor was big enough to be felt, it likely would have been fatal. I saved my dog's life and now he's saved mine!" (Shocked? Don't be: Here are 13 astounding things your dog knows about you.) —Linda Baker, Seattle, WA
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I trusted God—and it paid offKeep-Smiling-Photography/Shutterstock"When we first became Christians my husband and I kept hearing about tithing. At the time, we were living paycheck to paycheck, just barely getting by. We were donating about $20 a week which felt like a huge sacrifice at the time. But we kept reading the message in the Bible, Malachi 3:10, and decided to just trust God that if we were obedient He would take care of us. It was a huge leap of faith but we started giving at least 10 percent of our income in tithes. Sure enough, not only could we get by but our financial circumstances kept getting better and better. We've been tithing ever since and never looked back!" (Pssst... Teaching tithing is one way to raise financially savvy kids!) —Keri Kuhlmann, Minneapolis, MN
I trusted a career coach—and now I have the job of my dreamsfizkes/Shutterstock"My first job out of college laid me off after just a few years. It was part of a brutal merger and lots of my coworkers also lost their jobs. Part of our severance package was a career counseling service but I didn't want anything to do with it. I was frustrated, depressed, and blamed myself for not being good enough. I was convinced I was a terrible worker and no company would ever want to hire me again. About a month after the layoff, I was wallowing in my misery when a career coach from the counseling company called. He told me to just come in and talk to him. When I said I thought it was a waste of time, he told me to trust him and just try it. Plus it was already paid for so what did I have to lose? "I went in and met with him. Not only did he totally revamp my resume but he gave me a ton of good advice. He helped me see how unhappy I'd been in my previous position and that I really wanted to focus on a different area in my field. I ended up going to graduate school on his advice to get an advanced degree in a more specialized area. My new resume also got me a lot of interviews and within a couple of months I was in a graduate program for professionals and working at an amazing job. It's been nearly 10 years and now I say that getting laid off was the best thing that ever happened to me—that and trusting that career coach." (Want some good advice of your own? Here are 56 secrets life coaches won't tell you for free.) —Jason Anderson, Seattle, WA
I trusted my doctor and my gut instincts—and it saved my son's lifeGeorge-Rudy/Shutterstock"Due to several health complications, my son was born five weeks premature. I thought everything was fine but a week later I was changing his diaper and found blood in his stool. In a total panic I called the pediatrician and she told me it was probably just blood from nursing due to a cracked nipple. In my heart this didn't feel right so I looked around for a second opinion. The second doctor took me seriously and suggested a scan just to be cautious. I decided to trust him and we discovered that my son had necrotizing enterocolitis, a very serious intestinal illness common in premature infants that can sometimes be fatal. Time was of the essence. If we had waited even one more day he could have died. He was admitted and treated for 14 days in the hospital. Today he is 13 years old, thanks to my trust in a fantastic team of doctors and in my own motherly instincts." (If you're inspired, here's how to tap into your own intuition to help your health.) —Lisa Randolph, Richmond, VA
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