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Sterling Marlin has Parkinsonism

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11:16 AM ET 10.28 | For the past year or so, Sterling Marlin's brain would tell his right hand to complete a fine-motor task, such as cranking a boat or buttoning the collar on a shirt. And the fingers on that hand wouldn't respond. And with time his hand began to shake. Marlin said symptoms first began after he suffered a laceration to the knuckle on the middle finger of his right hand. The injury, he said, included nerve damage. But rather than go to the doctor he simply Super-Glued it closed. "Cut the knuckle real bad on (my) bird finger ... I couldn't shoot a bird. Just impossible," said Marlin, reached by phone. "It wouldn't move and I thought that was the problem. But it got healed up and I said, '... Something's still wrong.' And it kept getting worse and worse and worse, so I went to the doctor to see what the hell's going on." During that visit, Marlin said, doctors revealed that he had developed Parkinsonism.

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October 28, 2012  12:15 PM ET

Sad news

October 28, 2012  12:21 PM ET

But thenagain.. if you cut your finger deep enough to cause nerve damage.. you don't super-glue it.. you go to the doctor!!

October 28, 2012  12:31 PM ET

Now this really sucks -- hang in there Sterling!!

October 28, 2012  02:39 PM ET

Truly does suck!

October 28, 2012  07:34 PM ET

Sorry to hear about this for him......ironically, it took me a long time to think logically about him. after 2001....but I finally could......he was a good driver.....hope it progresses very slowly.

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October 30, 2012  08:12 AM ET

It's a wonder more of the oldtimers don't have issues.

October 30, 2012  02:10 PM ET
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Sad news

Indeed it is sad news. Sterling is from our area and has always represented himself and this area very well. Best of luck to him and his family.

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October 31, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Good luck to ya Sterling M. you where one of the greats back in the day.......Man how the weather changes nice day sunday and 3' of the wonderful white death monday night, snowed in again ....oh well.

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November 1, 2012  02:33 PM ET
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Also sad is the fact that some old stuck up members have closed this site down.This used to be a great place to talk NASCAR!

Dang Float, I haven't heard from you in a while. You are right though, this used to be a great site to exchange thoughts, ideas and, of course, barbs.

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November 1, 2012  08:07 PM ET

If Fannation would get some 'half-way interesting' articles to comment about.. then the responses might be more numerous.. but its been this way most of the year anyway.. so why should it change now??..
its not the 'old stuck up members' that has shut these threads down to almost nothing.. Fannation takes care of that pretty much on their own

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