Blogger Ashley Stock’s daughter dies nearly 2 weeks after 3rd birthday

It’s one of life’s ultimate injustices: a child having to endure a terminal illness; a child who doesn’t understand why they are in pain and always in hospital while their parents prepare themselves for the horror that lies ahead.

Blogger Ashley Stock, who runs Little Miss Momma, has 350,000 Instagram followers and is appreciated by people for her openness about parenting, autism and her own anxiety issues.

Her daughter Stevie was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor on her brain when she was just 2 years old. Her and her husband Ben grappled with questions of why them.

In April, the family got horrific news when COVID-19 restrictions meant only one parent could visit Stevie at a time.

Mom Ashley decided to stay at hospital with Stevie while her husband held the fort at home looking after their two sons.

Two days after she had received the heartbreaking news she revealed on Instagram that her daughter was suffering from a rare cancer and had 0 percent chance of survival.

“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,” she wrote on Instagram.

Stevie stayed in hospital before her parents decided they wanted to take her home where she would be surrounded by love and all that is familiar to her.

On May 15th the family decided to celebrate Stevie’s birthday early and describes how her little girl would go from being in extreme pain to squealing in delight at her glittery nails.

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Stevie turns 3 today. Today I’m so grateful we celebrated early because these days she’s hurting. Today she stays on the couch in her cozy little corner. 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. Between the pain, she smiles and giggles and admires her glitter fingernails and asks for us to bring her more surprises and blueberry muffins. Her verbal communication abilities are declining more each day but the way she communicates with her eyes holds a 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. And strong. And gracious. When she’s fully lucid I’ll watch her generously give comfort and love to an aching soul who is near her—like some part of her knows how much her sweet hug or slobbery kiss will be cherished for eternity. She’s become incredibly sensitive to energies and it takes constant effort in our home to keep the flow calm and peaceful. Diffusers and meditation music have been going nonstop all week and when any of us begins to feel over-anxious we take a breath in another room before returning to her side. Today an avalanche of pain and grief collapsed onto me and i couldn’t stop myself from going into the archives on my phone to pour over her previous birthdays. So much happiness in those archives. I watch those old videos now so grateful i didn’t know what was coming, so grateful we weren’t celebrating in grief, so grateful we were celebrating a full life of possibility and joy and birthday cake. Today I’m trying really hard to celebrate from that same place, for her, for the boys, for the preservation of this memory. Happy 3rd birthday to our shining star! #stevielynnstock #starsforstevie #dipg

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“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. Between the pain, she smiles and giggles and admires her glitter fingernails and asks for us to bring her more surprises and blueberry muffins,” Ashley wrote on Instagram.

Toward the end Stevie’s verbal communication and motor skills began to diminish and on May 27 before she finally passed, Ashley revealed that she was breathing but unresponsive.

When Stevie passed Ashley wrote how relieved she was that she was no longer in pain but “feeling crushed by a pain so intense i can’t put it into words.”

She wrote: “Seed Planter. Miracle Maker. Light Giver. Heart Healer. Blue eyed, dimpled smile, curly haired forever baby girl. Adored little sister, daughter and friend. At 1:05pm on May 27th, Stevie took her final breath in our arms.”

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🌟Stevie Lynn Stock 🌟 3 years old. Seed Planter. Miracle Maker. Light Giver. Heart Healer. Blue eyed, dimpled smile, curly haired forever baby girl. Adored little sister, daughter and friend. At 1:05pm 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. 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. I let it out a bit at a time, like when you gently twist the lid off a liter soda bottle…releasing the built up pressure little by little to keep it from exploding all over the place. I guess it’s like that. 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. 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. 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. #stevielynnstock #dipg #starsforstevie

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I cannot begin to imagine the pain this family is enduring, losing a baby before they’ve even had a chance to experience all the great wonders of life is a tragedy. Rest in peace little one.

Our hearts go out to Ashley and Ben and their boys. Please share to send strength and support to this family.