Disagreements are good, Sandra! 🙂
I think you might have misunderstood what I meant by freedom: I wasn’t talking about all freedom. I totally agree that one can be “free” even if an illness or other handicap prevents us from moving around (after all, “we” are a lot more than our physical body). However, neglecting our physical or mental health when we have an option not to neglect it definitely leads to reduced freedom, physically and mentally.
Now that I re-read what I wrote, I think I could’ve stated it better. 🙂 Health doesn’t really determine freedom, but rather it’s a conduit for enabling or removing certain freedoms.