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Update on Sterling Marlin’s Health Condition

Back in April, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competitor Sterling Marlin underwent deep brain stimulation surgery. Marlin is afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

Since that surgery in April, Marlin hit a stumbling block in his recovery, but his short track racing team Sterling Marlin Racing posted an update on the legendary driver Saturday afternoon:

Sterling Marlin Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery Update

Since completing Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on April 11th, former NASCAR competitor Sterling Marlin experienced a setback in his recovery journey. However, after an additional procedure he is back on track and doctors are happy with his current progression.

Following the fourth surgery, Marlin experienced some unusual symptoms. After additional testing, it was determined he had excess fluid on the brain. Marlin had an additional procedure two weeks ago to remove the fluid. Doctors continue to monitor his progress and are happy with how he is proceeding.

“I am committed to my health journey and working hard on my recovery process,” said Marlin. “I am feeling better and getting stronger every day. As I have said, this is not an overnight process. I know many of you were wondering why I was not at the track the past few weeks, especially for Kyle Ivey’s win for Sterling Marlin Racing. I wanted to let everyone know I am feeling better and am continuing to recover.”

Marlin’s doctors have turned on his neurostimulator and are observing him closely as they continue to tweak the settings and medication to find the best combination for him long-term.

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Marlin was a two-time Daytona 500 winner and won a grand total of 10 races in NASCAR’s top division. He also finished third in the year-end championship standings twice in his Cup Series career. Since retiring from NASCAR competition, Marlin has stayed busy on the short track circuit.

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  1. Sterling Marlin, I am so happy that you are getting better. We miss seeing you at the track but take your time to get well. So we can see your smiling face again. God Bless You Sterling and lay his hands upon you. We love you.

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