If life with type 2 diabetes were easy, then nobody would be talking about it. But the truth is that explaining what you’re going through as you live your daily life with diabetes can be difficult, if not impossible at times. Still, that shouldn’t get you down. A recent survey shows that 1 in 8 Americans has type 2 diabetes. With that statistic in mind, here’s what a handful of others just like you think about what they’re going through, and what they long for others to know about it too.

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to make all the right choices and maintain our health, the disease just wins anyway and gets the best of us, even on our best days. But not every day is bad, which makes the good days really sweet (no pun intended) and worth the fight.-Adnev Jo, living with diabetes
Even though we don’t look sick, we are.-Jose Guzman, living with diabetes
My life has become a terrifying place to be. I fall without warning, and can’t get up without assistance. I didn’t take care of myself when I had the chance, and now I may never have the full use of my feet. I danced for 16 years, from the age of 3 until I was 19 — Indian classical (Bharatanatyam), Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop, and it was amazing. I may never do that again.-Sona Sanghvi, living with diabetes
I am sure that one day I will look back at all that I have accomplished and think that it wasn’t too hard. Hell, I look back now at where I am and where I was and think that it wasn’t difficult. But the truth is that each step of the way feels difficult as we move forward into the unknown of our mission: the unknown knowledge, the unknown endurance, and the unknown strength that we possess inside ourselves waiting to come out. I have beat the smoking habit, I will beat diabetes, and I will arrive one day completely debt free. For this is my mission.-Billy, living with diabetes and blogger of Simple Living Over 50
It’s not only about following orders, or fulfilling requirements. The emotional component of diabetes makes it way more complicated than that.-Bea Sparks, living with diabetes and blogger at The Type 2 Experience