What would you want people to know about your condition? The body truly does adapt to what you're dealt. My joints certainly don't work the way normal joints do, but my body has figured out how to move about. Sure I've been forced to slow down, but this also gives me a chance to enjoy other things that I would have easily missed. It also improves the sense of humor - it's frustrating to try and fail 26 medications and see my body get progressively worse. So, I have to improve my sense of humor and short attention span.
What would you want to tell someone who is newly diagnosed with your condition? Be as aggressive with treatment as possible, regardless of the severity of your disease. RA only gets more and more non responsive, so the key is to jump all over it from the beginning. Also, find out as much info as you can about the disease and always ask questions of your doctor. Don't just accept their answer if you believe otherwise.