Soap opera star dies of cancer at 38

Soap opera fans were heartbroken this week to learn that beloved actress Marnie Schulenberg passed away this week at the age of 38. 

According to the Daily Wire, Schulenberg death came on Tuesday. She had been diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer in May of 2020. Sadly, that diagnosis came not long after she became a mother in 2019.

The actress expressed love for her mother and daughter

The Daily Wire noted that the Emmy-nominated performer spoke about her condition in an Instagram post she put up on Mother’s Day.

“I got released late Friday night but had to be sent home with an oxygen machine,” Schulenberg explained. “It’s not my ideal to be a 38-year-old Mom who needs an oxygen tank to survive right now.”

“I want to be strong and beautiful for her,” Schulenberg said of her young daughter. “I want to show her how to move throughout this world with compassion, strength, vivacity, humor and joy like my Mother showed me.”

“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,” she continued.

Schulenberg told parents to make their children “feel loved, safe and supported”

Schulenberg recalled how her mother “showed up 100% all day everyday for me growing up or at least it seemed that way.”

The actress said she wanted to give her own daughter “the same but I must be kind to myself and remember that nothing is permanent.”

“So here’s to remembering that nothing is permanent,” Schulenberg declared. “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,” Schulenberg wrote as she drew to a close. “Sending love to all the amazing Mama’s in my life.”

Schulenberg was known for having prominent roles on the daytime soap operas “As The World Turns” and ABC’s “One Life to Live.”

Her biography on IMDb also states that she appeared on such television series as “City on a Hill” and “Tainted Dreams.”

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