Marni Schulenberg, soap opera actor who starred in As the world turns And One life to live, died after two years of living with metastatic breast cancer. She was 37 years old.
Schulenberg is best known for her roles as Joe Sullivan in One life to live Reboot and run Alison Steward As the world turns. Her rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that she passed away on May 17.
Schulenberg’s husband, Zach Rubidas, best known for his role as Mark Ravenhead on HBO’s Successionalso confirmed the death of his wife in a Facebook post.
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“Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle to cancer. It simply isn’t true. I’ve watched her kick up cancer every day since her diagnosis,” the post reads, in the post.
“She’s incredible. We chose to attack her diagnosis with blind optimism. We just talked about the future and kept moving forward. I don’t know if that’s true but that’s all we know how to do.”
Schulenberg posted on Instagram for the last time on Mother’s Day, celebrating two years since she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
The photo shows her sitting next to her mother and holding her daughter Koda in her lap. She was diagnosed five months after Coda was born in December 2019.
“It’s not ideal that I’m a 38-year-old mother who needs an oxygen tank to survive now. I want to be strong and beautiful for her. I want to show her how to move around this world with compassion, strength, vitality, humor and joy as my mom explained to me.” “.
“So we have to remember that nothing is permanent. To suck up and the best thing you can do for your child is to make him feel loved, safe and supported like my mom did for me. Tie on the oxygen mask, just remember how to breathe.”
She posted in October 2021 how she was learning to live with an incurable cancer.
“This year I’ve instead focused on dealing with my new normal type of cancer and how my journey will be different,” she wrote.
“When I remember my misdiagnosis for the correct one, I’m still nervous but no longer overpowering the feelings through her memory.”
Schulenberg has been open and honest in her ongoing fight against inflammatory breast cancer — a rare and severe subtype of breast cancer diagnosed in only one to five percent of all breast cancer patients. It is more commonly diagnosed in women under the age of 40.
According to breastcancer.org, most symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer develop rapidly within three to six months. It is often confused with mastitis in pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
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Inflammatory breast cancer often doesn’t present as a lump and may not show up on a mammogram. It is almost always diagnosed as stage 3 or higher, in which the cancer cells have spread to the skin.
Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has spread beyond the local area of the breast and lymph, most often to the lungs, brain, bones, or liver. It is the only stage of breast cancer that kills.
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