All That We Never See: Our Journey With Autism documents the arduous journey of Áine & Gerry Crosse whose family must navigate the unscripted world of Autism and Mitochondrial disease. It is their goal to shed light on a struggle rarely seen from the outside, to end the stigma that parents of autistic children often face, to answer questions to which there are so few answers, and to offer hope to the parents of Autistic children who find themselves with none. Told in the deeply-insightful and clear-cutting voices of Áine & Gerry, their story covers the aspirations, the expectations, the gruelling trials and the testing failures of parenting with chronically ill children. And yet, in the face of adversity, there is also a theme of hope and a wealth of knowledge earned and shared as a testament to their strength and resilience.
With the birth of Áine & Gerry’s first child, their world was irrevocably changed by a series of diagnoses that would challenge everything they imagined of parenthood. In a world unfit for children, of endless tests, of hospital wards and spinal injections, where talk of death and complications becomes both real and ordinary, where fear becomes the language of each day, Áine & Gerry found in themselves the will and the courage to not only survive but thrive against the odds.
Faced with the prospect that their children might not survive, it became their prerogative to re-define parenting, to fight back against tirades of bleak news and bottomless grief, to answer questions that no parent should ever have to consider, and to navigate a path into darkness with hope and grounded optimism. In the face of such hopeless circumstance, the story of All That We Never See shines through with a combination of Áine’s inspirational resolve and Gerry’s unshakable strength and support; offering a glimpse into faith and depression, grief and tragedy, and into a roadmap littered with wisdom, and coloured with shades of extraordinary commitment.