Influencer Ashley Stock's Daughter Dies, Aged 3 | 22 Words

Heartbreaking news has come in today that Ashley Stock's 3-year-old daughter, Stevie-Lynn, has passed away at the age of just 3-years-old.

Keep scrolling to learn about her life and what caused this terrible tragedy...

Ashley Stock's daughter has sadly passed away.

She was just 3-years-old.

But, before we go into this heartbreaking story...

Let's start from the beginning.

Ashley first rose to fame by becoming an internet blogger...

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And she now specializes in all things parenting.

Ashley is married with 3 children...

And she has regularly blogged on her website, Little Miss Momma, about life as a hands-on mom for many years now.

And, as well as talking about all things parenting...

She is also known for touching upon how it is to look after an autistic child.

Her blog also focuses on self-care, beauty, and hands-on ways of caring for a small family...

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And she has gone on to make quite a name for herself in the parenting community.

She now boasts an impressive 427,000 followers on Instagram...

And the mom uses this platform heavily to share a lot of information and tips about family life.

Her youngest daughter is Stevie Lynn...

And Ashley's world was turned upside down back in April when Stevie was hospitalized.

Ashley updated her Instagram followers at the time when Stevie was hospitalized.

"I don’t have words. Only an update. Last night our almost 3-year-old daughter, Stevie was admitted to the hospital due to rapidly declining motor function," she wrote.

The news from the hospital wasn't good.

"My stomach sank as I accepted the box of tissues handed to me and they delivered the news that our sweet baby girl has a large mass on her brain."

Due to the ongoing medical pandemic, Ashley and her husband, Ben, were only allowed to be with their little girl one at a time...

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And it was discovered on April 14th that Stevie's tumor was "a form of cancer called DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma)."

This type of cancer is notoriously aggressive...

And, devastatingly, it has a 0% survival rate.

Ashley and Ben were completely shattered by this news.

"How do you put worst-case scenario into words? That’s what I’m sitting here trying to figure out, in between holding my baby and hyperventilating with my head between my knees," the distraught mom wrote on Instagram.

"We are shattered. Broken. Gutted."

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The couple had to come to terms with this tragic news. "Somehow my body continues to produce tears and ugly crying has become my only release. We will be spending the rest of the week in the hospital to discuss treatments that will make the rest of her life more comfortable."

But Stevie's comfort was of the utmost importance.

She continued: "Then we will be headed home where she can be comfortable with her brothers and puppies and we can cherish our sweet girl and heal as a family."

Stevie was discharged a few days later...

And the family tried their very best to make her final weeks as comfortable and as joyful as possible - with the little girl spending a lot of time with her 2 big brothers.

Ashley was already grieving...

"I don’t know how to do this. And if it were up to me, I’d curl up into a ball of sadness and grief and stay there forever, just laying in my pain—because the thought of overcoming it in any capacity seems insurmountable," she wrote on Instagram.

But she knew that she had to try and keep it together for the sake of her family.

"Thought of my boys following me down that path of despair crushes and terrifies me even more. And that’s the conversation Ben and I have several times daily since telling the boys about Stevie."

Over the weeks, Ashley learned to come to terms with the things she would never be able to do with her daughter.

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"I always imagined I would coach her soccer team one day. Weekend tournament mother/daughter road trips," Ashley wrote. "I imagine I’d certainly lose my cool during intense games and I’d likely embarrass her from the sidelines."

Last month, Stevie celebrated her third birthday...

And as Ashley explained, the little girl was continuing to live her life to the full. "She’s happy. She’s playing. She’s bossing her brothers around and asking for 'surprise' all day long and then squeals with glee when we bring her one of the gifts y’all have been sending her way.

And she has been showered in love.

"Any time we say 'I love you' her response is 'I love you more', and that has become our forever phrase that we’ll carry with us always."

But, over the last few weeks, Stevie's condition began to deteriorate.

"Today she gets flush with pain and grabs her head and closes her eyes with a grimace. Today she has seizures and tremors and lethargy. But between the pain, she smiles and giggles," Ashley explained.

Her symptoms were only getting worse...

But she remained valiantly brave throughout. "Her verbal communication abilities are declining more each day but the way she communicates with her eyes holds wisdom and a knowing far beyond my own. She doesn’t know what’s happening, but she KNOWS what’s happening. And she is brave as hell."

Last week, the 3-year-old slipped into unconsciousness...

And on May 27th, Stevie finally sucumbed to her devastating illness.

Ashley announced the heartbreaking news on Instagram.

Sharing a photo of Stevie's hand with painted nails, she wrote: "At 1:05 pm on May 27th, Stevie took her final breath in our arms. There have been many miracles and countless God moments that I’ll put into words when my heart has strength."

We can't even begin to imagine the pain that the family is feeling right now.

"For now, I’m overwhelmed with relief that she’s at peace but I’m also feeling crushed by a pain so intense I can’t put it into words."

She is unsure on how to properly grieve.

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"I’m twisting the lid on my grief gently. Because if I release it all at once, I don’t see how I could possibly survive. Gentleness has been my most effective approach on grief these last months, gentleness for myself and for all the beloved mourners by my side," she wrote.

Ashley doesn't know how to cope with this kind of pain...

"We have complete faith in there being a greater purpose of this tragedy (and it’s already unfolding through your stories of renewed hope), but unfortunately, faith is not a 'get out of pain-free' card, and that’s okay."

But she is remaining strong in her faith to get through this difficult time.

"I don’t know how to do this, so, for now, we’ll continue one day at a time held by the grace of God, the support of loved ones, and the prayers of strangers who have become friends."

Our deepest condolences go out to Ashley, Ben, and their family during this unimaginable time.

Rest in Peace, Stevie Lynn.