The power of trust
Taking a leap of faith and trusting someone else is one of the scariest things you can do, but these people’s incredible true stories prove that it’s worth it.
I trusted my trainer – and he saved my life
“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 20-kilometre run. The following Tuesday I hit my favourite 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
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I trusted my therapist – and caught my husband cheating
“After suffering through several years of a difficult marriage my husband and I finally decided to try marriage counselling. 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 counselling, and I realised 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