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Marnie Schulenburg has died of cancer at the age of 37.
The ‘One Life To Live’ actress confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the soap star died Tuesday in Bloomfield Hospital, New Jersey, two years after she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
Schulenberg is survived by husband Zach Rubedas and their 2-year-old daughter, Coda.
The ‘Caliphate’ representative insisted that people not refer to his wife’s death as having “lost her battle” because she had fought so hard for her life.
He wrote on Facebook: “Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle to cancer.
“It simply isn’t right. I’ve watched her cancer kick – every day since her diagnosis.
“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.”
Less than two weeks ago, the “As the World Turns” actress was able to get home from the hospital to spend Mother’s Day with her daughter, but she’s worried she was giving the little girl a “half-life version” of herself.
“It wasn’t a guarantee I’d be home this Mother’s Day,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I was released late Friday night but had to be sent home with an oxygen machine.”
“It’s not ideal that I’m a 38-year-old mom who needs an oxygen tank to survive right now.
“I want to be strong and beautiful for (Kuda). I want to show her how to move around this world with compassion, strength, vitality, humor and joy as my mother showed me.
“I know being here for her is the best gift I can give her, but right now I feel like I’m settled because she’s getting a half-life version of myself.”
But the actress – who would have turned 38 on Saturday – was confident at the time that she would survive.
She continued, “On May 8, 2020, I found out I had breast cancer and really thought my life was over. Two years later I’m still here and my chance of getting around it better is every month that goes by.”
“So we have to remember that nothing is permanent. To absorb flaws and that the best thing you can do for your child is to make them feel loved, safe and supported like my mother did for me.
“Undo the oxygen mask, just remember how to breathe.”
Having started her career as Allison Stewart in As the World Turns in 2007, the actress has also had guest roles on popular prime-time shows such as Blue Bloods, Army Wives, Royal Pains, Divorce, The Good Fight, and earlier in This year, she played Maggie Caysen in the Showtime drama series City on a Hill.
Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Schulenberg attended Barnstable High School and then transferred to Desales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, before graduating in 2006 with a degree in theater.