Survivor since 2014
This really is a roller-coaster ride, so hang on tight. Finding the tumor early and small is a big advantage.
Mine was 8mm IDC and Grade 3, as well. I'm 55 years old, so I have been having mammograms for a while, but my family doctor told me at my annual physical in 2013 that I could wait two years before having my next mammogram because that was the Canadian standard of care for patients with no family history or other major risk factors for breast cancer. When he saw by the expression on my face that I wasn't comfortable with that recommendation, he offered me the option of yearly mammograms if I wanted, which I gladly accepted. It took a few months to get in for an appointment, but it soon became clear that God had been guiding my steps. A call came one week later to repeat the mammogram on my right breast, which led to a referral for a biopsy. The rest, as they say, is history. Everything went like clockwork as I was whisked from one procedure to another, had my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy (all clear), then spent five weeks at a hostel in the city to have radiation treatments.
I'm sure you will find that as difficult as it is to travel this path, the support of family and friends is such a blessing. Each of us on this site has been through a lot of what you are facing and we know how much we need each other. Be sure to let us know how your appointment goes on Monday. You'll be in my prayers.