HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Vicki Callinan (front centre) celebrated her 60th birthday with friends at the Gladstone Golf Club including Judy Finlay, Helen Treseder and Coreen Nimwegen (front), Cecily Eggmolesse, Colleen Brown, Gail Brown, Denia Nimwegen and Shelley Cope (middle), and Dana Schneider, Debbie Keegan, Raylea Curruthers, Kirsten Callinan, and Gina Harrington (back).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Vicki Callinan (front centre) celebrated her 60th birthday with friends at the Gladstone Golf Club including Judy Finlay, Helen Treseder and Coreen Nimwegen (front), Cecily Eggmolesse, Colleen Brown, Gail Brown, Denia Nimwegen and Shelley Cope (middle), and Dana Schneider, Debbie Keegan, Raylea Curruthers, Kirsten Callinan, and Gina Harrington (back). MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN

Surprises all round as Vicki celebrates 60th birthday

VICKI Callinan's surprise birthday party ended up as a surprise for its organisers after she forgot to pick them up on the way to what she thought was a nice, quiet dinner.

"I got to the door and saw Debbie (another friend) standing there," she said.

"They were going to keep me in for a while but I ballsed it up for them."

She still enjoyed the surprise though, at the Gladstone Golf Club's Brasserie restaurant with a group of her friends.

Her official birthday was on June 8 - the Queen's Birthday holiday.

"When I was a kid I loved it," she said.

"I always had birthday money to go to the show with, but nowadays we don't have the show in June anymore."

Turning 60 isn't a big deal, Vicki says, but she also didn't think she'd be here for it.

"It's seven years since I had cancer. I got breast cancer twice within a year and spent a lot of time in hospital in Brisbane," she said.

"I'm never going to say that I've recovered. I just say I've made it seven years."

Vicki has good odds though. Her great grandmother had a mastectomy at the age of 50 and lived until she was 93 when she died of bone cancer.

"They've already told me the next time I have cancer it will be the last time," she said.

"I just say I hope I'm there when it (the next milestone) happens.

"You don't take anything for granted."

Time spent between reading and looking after her grandchildren pleases Vicki, along with her little black moodle called Georgie.

"I have five grandchildren, four step grandchildren and one adopted grandchild from Russia," she said.

"They keep me busy."



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