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You may of course know that living outside USA while having a greencard can have the greencard voided if -one lives abroad for more than 6 months to 1 year without a prior travel permit being issued by USCIS.
This is what has likely happened here.
In rare situations
, the greencard may be reinstated by filing an SB-1 with the US Consulate/Embassy nearby, although this would be at their discretion, and would generally focus on whether or not the overstay was unavoidable due to war, disease, etc. See here
. Yes, you were ill, but if one has stayed outside for 10+ years, it may simply be too long in any circumstance provided one stayed abroad of one's own free will.
Thus, the SB-1 is likely to fail.
One can reapply based on one's family from the beginning process, however, this may take a long time.
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