Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
First of all, focus on getting well. You will learn invaluable lessons involving strength, courage, and perseverance that will stand you in good stead once you return to the workforce.
Depending upon what you do it may or may not be possible to return to work in the same capacity.
Use your recovery time to rediscover your unique strengths, both new and old, and think about how you can apply them to the workplace.