TREY CRUMBIE/The Kentucky Standard
Shawn Gaither, a Bardstown resident who works as a dispatcher for the Lebanon Police Department, became an amputee earlier this year. Since then, he’s been focused on being more positive in life.

Losing a limb can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, drastically changing it, but one Bardstown man said the experience has given him a new appreciation of life.

Shawn Gaither, who has been a Type 2 diabetic for about 20 years, lost his right leg after a surgery in February.

Gaither initially sustained an infection in his pinky toe, which later spread to the rest of his foot. After consulting with doctors, Gaither decided it was best to amputate his foot.

Thoughts about his own future populated Gaither’s mind.