I have been on several months of medical leave from work in recent months. It has been going on and off since October 2013. My work has been very nice about it but I can tell that my HR manager, store manager, and a couple of associates I work closely with, are becoming frustrated with me. They are not mean or giving me a hard time, but I can tell my frequent and extended absences are wearing on them. They are willing to accept it because in their own words I am an excellent employee, when I'm there. And they have to accept it by law. I can't help but feel miserable about being gone so much, but it's not my choice, I have serious conditions that require surgery and down time.
How many of you out there have the same or similar issue? What are your experiences with this? How do you deal with it?