Living with type 2 diabetes is a full-time job. As with any job, after a few years at it, you become an expert. That means you’ve often got to do a lot of explaining to people who don’t know what it’s like to live with a chronic illness.

Here are 10 things only an experienced person with type 2 diabetes would understand.

1. No, you’re not going on vacation. That extra bag is to lug around all of your gear — like your blood sugar meter, insulin, syringes, snacks, etc.

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2. Every meal is like a math test. How many carbs are on your plate, and how much insulin do you need to balance them out?

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3. No matter how under control you think your diabetes is, something — stress, an illness, or an unexpected dinner out — will inevitably come along to throw it off.

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4. You don’t have measles or a skin disease. Those red spots on your belly are from constantly having to change your insulin injection site.

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5. Yes, you still have diabetes. Just because you “don’t look sick” at the moment doesn’t mean you’re disease-free.

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6. You know every hair, freckle, and line on your feet by heart because you have to check them daily for injuries you might not feel due to nerve damage.

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7. Nothing interrupts a romantic moment like having to test your blood sugar, but it’s either that or pass out in the middle of sex.

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8. You are allowed to eat sweets in moderation. Everyone needs to lay off the evil stares every time you take a bite of a cookie!

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9. Diabetes isn’t responsible for everything that’s wrong with you. People with diabetes can get colds, stomach bugs, and other illnesses too.

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10. When you say, “I’m high,” it’s totally not what everyone thinks you mean.

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