Instagram influencer’s daughter, Ashley Stock, died just days after her third birthday.
Stevie Lynn Stock, three, was diagnosed in April with a rare brain tumor, which has a 0% survival rate.
Ashley took her to the hospital after noticing her “rapidly declining motor function.”
The 35-year-old mother of three shared the devastating news with fans on social media Friday, revealing she was there when Stevie took her last breath.
R.I.P: Stevie Lynn Stock, three-year-old daughter of social media influencer, Ashley Stock, has died after a six-week battle with a very rare brain cancer
Stevie Lynn Stock. 3 years old. Seed planter. Miracle Maker. Illuminator. Heart healer. Blue-eyed, dimpled smile, curly hair girl forever. Adored little sister, daughter and friend, ”Ashley began to say to her social media.
“On May 27 at 1:05 PM, Stevie took her last breath in our arms. There have been many miracles and countless moments of God that I will put into words when my heart has strength. ‘
“For the time being, I am overwhelmed with relief that she is at peace, but I also feel crushed by a pain so intense that I cannot find words for it. I let go little by little. ‘
Tragic news: 35-year-old mother of three shared the devastating news with social media fans on Friday, revealing she was there when Stevie took her last breath
Share: Ashley has remained incredibly brave, raw and candid with her fans throughout the ordeal
What is diffuse intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)
- Diffuse Intrinsic Continuous Gliomas (DIPGs) are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors located at the base of the brain.
- They are glial tumors, meaning they originate from the glial tissue of the brain – tissue made up of cells that help support and protect the neurons of the brain.
- These tumors are found in an area of the brain stem (the lower, stem-like part of the brain) called the pons, which controls many of the body’s most vital functions, such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Ashley went on to explain that she didn’t let all her emotions run wild and if she did, “she didn’t know how to survive.”
“Kindness is my most effective approach to grief in recent months, kindness to myself and to all the beloved mourners by my side.”
“We are confident that there is a greater purpose for this tragedy (and it is already unfolding through your stories of renewed hope), but unfortunately faith is not a ‘road of pain-free’ map, and that’s okay.”
She ended the caption, “I don’t know how to do this, so for now we will one day continue with the grace of God, the support of loved ones and the prayers of strangers who have become friends. ‘
Ashley accompanied the devastating message with a sweet photo of Stevie holding a crystal star in her hand.
She also added a video of the toddler playing with her puppy just days before her death.
The California resident shared Stevie’s diagnosis with fans on April 12 after rushing her to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
“Last night, our nearly three-year-old daughter, Stevie, was admitted to hospital because of rapidly diminishing motor skills,” she said.
In the real-time post, Ashley saw that the doctor had found a large mass in her brain, but knew nothing else.
Toddler: Stevie celebrated her third birthday a week before her death
Turn for the worst: Ashley took Stevie to hospital on April 12 after noticing she had a ‘rapid motor decline’
“I can’t put into words a level of crushing soul”: Ashley said the trial during the COVID-19 pandemic has been made even more difficult. This means that only one parent was allowed to be with Stevie while she was in the hospital
Awaiting answers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley shouted that she couldn’t be in the hospital with her husband “a level of crushing soul she couldn’t put into words.”
Two days later, Stevie was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare cancer with a 0% survival rate. Reports show that the median survival time is only nine months after diagnosis.
“We’ve been shattered. Broken. Gutted. Somehow my body keeps producing tears and crying ugly has become my only release, ”she wrote on April 14.
“We spend the rest of the week in the hospital discussing treatments that will make the rest of her life more comfortable. Then we go home where she can feel at ease with her brothers and puppies and nurture our sweet girl and heal as a family. ‘
She concluded the heartfelt message with, “But for the time being we will surrender. We surrender to her prognosis and that which we have no control over. We give her the best of everything she needs to be happy and pain free and we teach ourselves and our children how to make these last memories happy, the ones we can hold and cherish, memories that make us smile even when we smiling through tears. ‘
While resting at home, Stevie is surrounded by love from all family members and pets. Pictured with her older brothers, Wesley (10) and Sawyer (seven)
Three generations: Ashley’s mom came down to spend time with her daughter and granddaughter during Stevie’s last days. As they both hug
Ashley and Ben are also the parents of sons, Wesley (10) and Sawyer (seven).
A recent photo saw the young boys lie down and watch their sister sleep.
The blogger also thanked her mom earlier this week for coming to support her during this horrifying time.
“By having her here, I have given permission to break open in ways only a mother can pull out of you. Her comfort, the way she makes sandwiches, her familiar smell and her soft back scratching have always been a comfort to my aching soul, ‘she wrote.
This video is from a few days ago, Stevie saved a rare bright moment to welcome her grandma – she had been waiting for her. Today, Stevie is unresponsive, but still breathing. We sit close to her and fill her with endless love and affirmations that she is cherished, that she will be at peace, that she will be pain-free, that we will miss her, but we will celebrate her every day for the rest of our lives until we are with her again. ‘
Family: Ashley said Stevie had continued to deteriorate dramatically since her diagnosis
Candid: Ashley is known for sharing the good and bad times in her life with fans online