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'Just wear your mask': Man hopes his story of battle with COVID-19 inspires others

When Blake Mills was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, the first thing that came to mind was his family, specifically the desire to live for his wife and their 18-month-old daughter.

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When Blake Mills was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, the first thing that came to mind was his family, specifically the desire to live for his wife and their 18-month-old daughter.

“That was my prayer every night. Like, get home as fast as possible, rid me of symptoms,” said Mills, who has since recovered from the virus. “It was just extreme fatigue, headache to an extent, and then complete loss of taste and smell.”

Mills was worried because he had been through four surgeries to repair a hole in his heart, but he told sister station KOCO that his faith kept him strong.

“Luckily, we caught it in my 30s. In the 40s, you can still get by with it but it will kill you in your 50s if you don’t get it taken care of,” he said.

Mills said he did everything right: He wore a mask and followed all guidelines. He now hopes his story encourages others to do the same in an effort to reduce spread risks while giving hope to those still battling the virus.

“Just wear your mask. It’s just a sign of respect,” Mills said. “No one is taking away any constitutional right. We’re trying to get past this.”