I think it is a case of not cycling your cards appropriately. If you use your Strength boost, animal boost and a blessing, you should be able to handle most things in the low level game. You should be using the cure spell on your self to get your cards back from the discard pile and you will likely be able to recharge the spell. If you can swing it you should have two cure spells in your deck in case you lose one.
I have personal seen the druid work to good effect. It just requires a different play style. Like most characters in the game, she is most effective once you get to cycling her deck.