I'm something of a newbie, and I don't think my problems are necessarily particularly severe. I'm a 27 year old male with moderate hip OA following a rather unpleasant injury a few years ago.
The practical issues are not massively problematic - I can walk with some minor pain and discomfort; I won't be running any marathons but that was unlikely anyway...
However, I my self esteem is very low. I am TERRIFIED about the future, my body falling to pieces before its time, not being able to work, being a liability, not being able to take part etc etc. There are things that I could take part in now, but I'm scared to do anything that might cause damage. Basically, I just want to hide and be in denial, and I am forever amazed at people having the guts to really live with much bigger problems than I have.
Sorry, bit of a whinge for my opening post!