Joseph Williamson is now trying to raise 42,000 for a state of the art robotic arm (Image: NEWSLINE MEDIA LIMITED)Get the biggest daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore newslettersThank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA man who lost a limb to a rare form of cancer is hoping a new bionic arm can fulfil his dream of becoming a top chef.Joseph Williamson was told he would die if doctors didn’t amputate his right arm above the elbow after discovering an aggressive tumour on his wrist.The 27 year old is now trying to raise 42,000 for a state of the art robotic arm, which would attach to muscles in his upper limb and allow him to grip objects again.Girl, 3, dies after seizure at airport on dream family holiday in MaldivesJoseph, from Lerwick in Shetland, was just 20 when a biopsy revealed he had bone sarcoma in his wrist which doesn’t respond to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.With the cancer on the brink of spreading, he was taken into Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for emergency lifesaving surgery.He said: “Finding out I had cancer was a big shock.”I just thought it was a lump on my wrist and never imagined it would be so serious. I was told the cancer was just millimetres from spreading and the only option was to lose my arm.”I had days to get my head around it and then I was taken into theatre.”I was devastated, I knew my life would change but I just had to get on with it.”The main thing was that I was still alive and I just had to adapt to doing things with my left hand. I was determined and, just a few months later, I amazed the nurses by putting on my own bandages and learning to sew buttons back on my shirt with one hand.”I never wanted pity.”Although he was offered a basic prosthetic arm by the NHS, it did not allow Joseph enough function and he’s learned how to get by without his right hand.He had already suffered health problems as a child after a virus caused him to develop inflammation on his brain and epilepsy.Mum of three loses job, car and house after vengeful ex husband got her firedJoseph had just got his seizures under control when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.He said: “I was just very unlucky to lose my arm and the prosthetic I have just hangs by my side and gets in my way.”The new device will connect to my upper arm and will give me the chance to transform my life.”I’ll be able to tie my shoe laces, write and put on a belt little things people take for granted.”It is never going to be as good as having a normal arm but it is the next best thing.”I want to have a career as a chef and hopefully the arm will help me achieve it.