Chrissy L. Whitten

Speaker | Author of, The Fight

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The Fight

Is your child fighting an illness? How does a parent cope through days, weeks, or months in a hospital with their baby? Are you worn from fighting your own battle? Where is God in this, and what is the purpose of your pain? If you need empathy and hope or simply want to gain perspective from a little warrior’s mother, The Fight is for you. In it, Chrissy shares her CaringBridge posts from 2010 when her daughter Lilian was born and diagnosed with heart problems and Trisomy 18, Edwards Syndrome. She writes honestly about the bad days and the blessings and describes how God walked her through it all. You'll also find Scripture, songs, and soul food that will encourage and equip you for battle. The Fight: Journals from a Warrior’s Mother is the first book in a series about a family’s faith journey through extraordinary circumstances.

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About the Author

Chrissy L. Whitten holds a bachelor of science in leisure service management and a master of interdisciplinary studies in educational psychology, REMS, and leisure service management from Oklahoma State University (OSU). She has over thirty years’ experience working in youth programming and teaching fitness.

She grew up in the Cushing and Stillwater, Oklahoma communities before marrying her husband, Michael, in December 2003. They lived in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, for fourteen years, where Chrissy was the Tulsa County 4-H extension educator for five years and Juntos 4-H educator for over a year and a half. She founded the Warrior Princess Foundation after Lilian passed away and ran it for five years to raise money for trisomy 13 and 18 children. She organized seven races with Ken TZ Childress. Many donors and volunteers helped with fundraising efforts. It was a healing experience.

Michael’s work moved them to Tuttle, Oklahoma, with their two children (on earth), Piper and Daphne. She enjoys going on adventures around the world with her family, discovering and exploring together. She loves getting involved with her church and volunteering for her girls’ schools and extracurricular activities where needed. She enjoys challenging herself by running ultras—50Ks, fifty milers, seventy milers, hundred milers, and anything between. She has quite a buckle collection for completing hundreds of miles. Her most recent race was a virtual treadmill run where she completed 402.7 miles and 318,146 feet at a fifteen percent incline from December 1– 25, 2020, in forty-one runs.

Chrissy facilitates Calm Waters Grief student support groups in schools in Blanchard, Bridge Creek, Mustang, Newcastle, Tuttle, Yukon, and virtually throughout the state of Oklahoma. She teaches local fitness classes—barre, Pilates, PiYo, kickboxing, yoga, and a fitness mix at Steppin' Out Dance Studio. She’s excited to get book one of four out into the world despite the countless distractions, adversities, and detours along the journey.

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BOOK AWARD

The Fight won first place in the unpublished book: non-fiction category with the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (OWFI) 2021 writing contest on May 1, 2021! There were 700 entries submitted by 100 authors. It's a blessing to be a category winner!

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