WILTON - The family of a Wilton woman who has ALS is discussing her long struggle with the disease.
Lee Miller, 58, was diagnosed with ALS in 2004. Her husband, Philip Miller, says that his wife's mounting medical expenses are about to force them from their home. He says that despite being a successful insurance broker in New York City and owning expensive property in Wilton, insurance will only pay for so much.
Philip Miller says that many of the expenses, which include paying for caregivers to keep his wife alive, come out of his own pocket. He has spent about $3 million of his own money, the bulk of which has been savings.
As a result of the expenses, Philip Miller says he fell behind on his mortgage payments and the bank is now in the process of taking away his home.
The husband says that there will be an estate sale at his home next weekend, which he hopes will generate enough money for the family to stay there for at least a few more months.
Miller's family is also looking to raise awareness of the devastating effects ALS has on those afflicted and their families.
ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which affects muscle movement, speech, swallowing and breathing.