Actor Marnie Schulenburg, who played Alison Stewart in more than 300 episodes of the soap opera “As The World Turns,” died this past weekend in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
‘As The World Turns’ Star Dies From Cancer At 37
She would have turned 38 this past Saturday.
“Please don’t say Marnie lost her battle to cancer. It’s simply not true,” her husband Zack Robidas wrote, per Variety.
“I watched her kick cancer’s a** everyday since diagnosis. She is incredible. We chose to attack her diagnosis with blind optimism. We only talked about the future and continued moving forward. I don’t know if this was right but it’s all we knew how to do.”
Schulenburg earned a theater degree at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, had her first regular role on the soap opera “As The World Turns” from very late 2006 to the show’s cancellation in 2010, according to IMDB.
She earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for the final season, which featured Alison getting engaged. In addition, she also appeared in nine episodes of the “One Life to Live” reboot in 2013.
Her most recent recurring role was on Showtime’s Kevin Bacon-starring crime drama “City on the Hill,” airing this year.
On Mother’s Day, Schulenburg posted about how she wasn’t sure she would be home this past Mother’s Day.
“It wasn’t a guarantee that I was going to be home this Mother’s Day. I got released late Friday night but had to be sent home with an oxygen machine.
It’s not my ideal to be a 38-year-old Mom who needs an oxygen tank to survive right now,” she began her emotional caption in a touching Instagram post.
“I want to be strong and beautiful for her. I want to show her how to move throughout this world with compassion, strength, vivacity, humor and joy like my Mother showed me,” she began her emotional caption in a touching Instagram post.
“I know that me being here for her is the best gift I can give her, but right now it feels like settling since she’s getting a half-life version of myself. My mother showed up 100% all day everyday for me growing up, or at least it seemed that way. I want to give Coda the same, but I must be kind to myself and remember that nothing is permanent.”
She concluded the post, vowing to never give up the fight and to remember to “breathe.”
“On May 8, 2020 I found out I had Breast Cancer and truly thought my life was over. Two years later, I’m still here, and my chances of sticking around her better each month that goes by. So here’s to remembering that nothing is permanent. To soaking up the imperfections and that the best thing you can do for your child is make them feel loved, safe, and supported, just like my mother did for me. Screw the oxygen mask. Just remember how to breathe.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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