Book review suffered long enough
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I have to admit that I’m a bit of a geek at heart. When I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I obsessively read anything I could get my hands on to try and better understand this condition I had. I felt as though I was pretty clued up on all things fibro, but when I heard about a book written by a medical doctor who suffered from fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, called “Suffered Long Enough”* I was really intrigued. Furthermore, the basis for the book was the fact Dr. Rawls felt failed by conventional medicine. It sounded like he was singing from the same hymn sheet as many fibro sufferers.

Indeed, the book begins with a preface that I think absolutely everyone with fibromyalgia can relate to. Dr. Rawls envisions his daily battle with chronic illness as like being trapped in an old well. Each day he would claw his way upwards, trying to get out. On good days he would make steady progress, other days little progress was made and on bad days he would lose his grip and fall straight back down again. How many of you feel trapped in that well?

The book is a great resource that helps you to figure out where you are on your journey out of the well and then provides you with the tools you need to help you climb your way up. It is written with a sound knowledge of the processes of disease but at a level that is easy to understand. It not only provides sound science but also applies common sense logic that is often overlooked by medical professionals

I liked Dr. Rawls multi-faceted approach to healing your body. He discusses traditional medicines and states that drugs are sometimes the only solution for pain control. If used properly, Dr. Rawls says, they can positively support the healing process. I like his honesty. And I appreciate that he doesn’t make those of us who are on medication feel like we have made the wrong decision or are somehow failures. However, he also provides some sound advice about taking drugs and then takes it that one step further by discussing natural supplements and therapies that will complement their use. It’s refreshing to read a book that doesn’t claim one approach is better than the other but where the author understands the battle must be taken from all sides.

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Being the geek that I am, I liked the fact that Dr. Rawls does not just state that this supplement or that therapy helps, but that he explains the theory behind why they help. He provides a vast knowledge of herbal plants and supplements that all made sense to me and went far beyond my current level of knowledge. The list was very comprehensive.

Diet is another area covered. It’s one that many people are in denial about but, again, Dr. Rawls offers sound advice and provides the science behind good nutrition. He explains why our current relationship with food may not be beneficial to us and then offers the steps to improve it.

I am barely scratching the surface of what is included in this book. It is a truly comprehensive guide to working towards wellness. What I particularly like is that Dr. Rawls talks of no magic cure. He has adapted and changed the pace of his life and made compromises. He continues to take supplements and he appreciates each day for what it is. However, nowadays he is winning! He has achieved a level all of us hope for. One with no fatigue. And this book explains exactly how he got there.

To sum up the book: Dr. Rawls provides sound advice, backed up by personal experience and logic. It describes the basis for disease, how it takes hold in our bodies and the options available to us to restore our health. This includes conventional and herbal medicines, natural supplements, diet and exercise. The last sentence may make it sound similar to other books you may have read but it has far more depth than any other book I have personally read on chronic illness. I believe it is a good investment for not only those who are newly diagnosed, but also those of us who have suffered for years and feel lost. I will certainly be applying the things I have learned from this book.

You can pick up a copy of ‘Suffered Long Enough: A physician’s journey of overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue & Lyme‘* by Dr. William Rawls from*,*, Vital Plan and select stores.

UPDATE: Since writing this review I have been following the protocol set out by Dr Rawls and have seen some good results. You can read all about it here.


*Disclaimer: I was gifted this book review. However, I have given my honest opinion and the views I have expressed about this book were not in any way influenced.


Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.


  1. I like that this book is backed up by personal experience. I also like that he gives advice about taking drugs and natural supplements and therapies that will complement their use. This is very practical as I think it is what most or many people with fibromyalgia do. Thanks for this review and I will definitely be looking for it at the library

  2. This book does sound helpful. Newly moved I can’t find a doctor still and my hubby just passed away. I do need help as this fibro is at it’s worst. Thank you for the review and your honesty.

    • So sorry to hear your sad news about your husband Nancy. I would thoroughly recommend in investing in the book, I am starting to follow the advice of Dr. Rawls and will keep this blog updated with my progress and findings. I wish you all the best and take care.

  3. I’m actually reading this book now, just finally started it last night. I have a feeling I will finish it quickly as it’s an easy read overall. I’m with you, I like his style. My review will be coming shortly (probably next week).

    • I was fortunate enough to speak to Dr Rawls on Skype after this review. He was genuinely very helpful and I am taking on a lot of his advice and have introduced herbal theapy into my health regime. Not only that but I have taken his advice re: diet and lifestyle. I will blog about it soon and will track my progress on this blog. I am very hopeful about it.

  4. colleen hardy (Callinan) Reply

    Spooky when I read his description of Fibromyalgia like being trapped in an old well. I have suffered with depression and anxiety since I was eleven when my father took his own life. I have often been asked to explain what I feel when I am in crisis. My description is something that I can physically feel and that I can see clearly in my mind. I describe it as: I keep falling into this hole in the ground, when all the earth piled up around the edges. I want to stay in there but there’s always someone there calling me to climbed out because I have responsibilities to be with them. Sometimes they even lower a ladder into the hole to get me out, others when its not so bad I scrabble out slowly often slipping backwards. At its very very worse I have said that I want to curl up in the hole and have these people but the earth back into the hole (like a grave I suppose). I hope this isn’t too grim to post. I don’t know why but being able to describe my depression to others has helped me often in the past. Sounds a lot like the description Dr Rawls gives on Fibro. I used to be able to cope with working and bring up two sons by myself but the Fibromyalgia has definitely changed my life out of all recognition. Too much to fight against. It’s the physical pain and the fatigue that have beaten me. Colleen

    • I am really sorry to hear you have suffered with depression Colleen. It’s sadly unsurprising when it comes to life with fibro. However, I have every faith that you can climb back up and find your way out of that hole. I would absolutely recommend getting this book as a starting point. If you can improve how you are physically feeling, it makes such a massive difference to your emotional health too. Take care

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